September 25, 2018 / 8:10 AM / 3 months ago

UPDATE 1-Japan high court gives go ahead for restart of Shikoku Electric nuclear reactor

* Shikoku Elec wins approval for restarting Ikata No.3 reactor

* Ikata No.3 reactor to restart on Oct. 27

* Shikoku Elec waits for another verdict by lower court on Friday (Adds details)

TOKYO, Sept 25 (Reuters) - A high court in Japan on Tuesday cancelled an injunction against Shikoku Electric Power Co , which will allow the company to move ahead with the restart of a nuclear power reactor at the end of October, the company said.

The decision from the Hiroshima High Court lifts an injunction handed down in December 2017 that ordered Shikoku not to restart the 890-megawatt No. 3 reactor at its Ikata power station in southern Japan.

The reactor has been shut since October 2017 for scheduled maintenance.

The plant is scheduled to restart on Oct. 27, a spokesman for Shikoku said.

However, residents in nearby Oita prefecture have sought an injunction to halt the restart with the Oita district court, which will issue a ruling on Friday.

Residents have lodged injunctions against most nuclear plants across Japan. Some of the lower courts have sided with them on safety concerns, but the verdicts are usually overturned in higher courts. (Reporting by Osamu Tsukimori; Editing by Aaron Sheldrick and Chang-Ran Kim)

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