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Japan's quake-rattled utilities return units to power after shutdowns

Japan Petroleum Exploration Co had shut a gas power station and an associated liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Fukushima, north of Tokyo, after the quake.

 Japan’s Tohoku Electric Power and JERA said they had returned some units to operation after a large earthquake at the weekend knocked out large fossil-fuel power stations, in another test for Japan’s electricity grid after a prolonged cold snap.

The magnitude 7.3-earthquake injured more than 150, causing damage throughout the northern region, including Fukushima, in a further test of a beleaguered electricity grid brought close to blackout last month by cold weather.

Japex has no date to resume operations at its power station or LNG terminal, a specialized facility for receiving and storing natural gas brought in liquid form on ships, the company said in a statement.


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