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While SPS serves many of the cities and towns in the Panhandle and Eastern New Mexico, Golden Spread Electric Cooperative serves the more rural areas.
including land in the towns of Kashiwazaki and Kariwa in Niigata Prefecture, Japan on the coast of the Sea of Japan, from where it gets cooling water.
Return to service dates are provided to the same accuracy as provided to National Grid under the requirements of the Grid Code and refer to the first full day of operation.
Where a return to service date falls within approximately two weeks of the date of this report, the exact date will be shown.
The Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant, a nuclear plant with seven units, the largest single nuclear power station in the world, was completely shut down for 21 months following an earthquake in 2007.
Unit 7 was restarted after seismic upgrades on May 9, 2009, followed later by units 1, 5, and 6. After the March 11, 2011 earthquake, all restarted units were shut down and safety improvements are being carried out.It was approximately 19 km (12 mi) from the epicenter of the second strongest earthquake to ever occur at a nuclear plant, the M 6.6 July 2007 Chūetsu offshore earthquake.This shook the plant beyond design basis and initiated an extended shutdown for inspection, which indicated that greater earthquake-proofing was needed before operation could be resumed."There has been no meltdown," government spokesman Yukio Edano repeated in the days after 11 March."It was an unforeseeable disaster," Tepco's then president Masataka Shimizu famously and improbably said later.