Takahama, Fukui Pref., Nov. 17 (Jiji Press)–A ship carrying plutonium-uranium mixed oxide, or MOX, fuel made in France arrived at the port of Kansai Electric Power Co.’s <9503> Takahama nuclear power station in Fukui Prefecture, central Japan, on Wednesday morning.
Kansai Electric landed the fuel and moved it into the plant the same day.
It was the first shipment of MOX fuel from overseas to Japan since September 2017. The ship left the French port of Cherbourg on Sept. 9 Japan time.
The MOX fuel, a mixture of plutonium extracted from spent nuclear fuel and uranium, was produced by a group company of French nuclear energy giant Orano.
This time, Kansai Electric received 16 fuel assemblies contained in two transport vessels.
The fuel will be used at the No. 4 reactor of the Takahama plant for so-called pluthermal power generation, a key part of the Japanese government’s nuclear fuel cycle policy.
A further 16 assemblies currently in production are slated to be used at the No. 3 reactor of the plant. The date of shipment has yet to be decided.
Kansai Electric held about 12.6 tons of plutonium at the end of 2020, enough to make some 290 MOX fuel assemblies.
A consortium of antinuclear groups and individuals staged a demonstration against the delivery of MOX fuel around the Takahama plant Wednesday morning.
Participants chanted slogans, including “Pluthermal power generation is dangerous.” According to the organizers, about 30 people from within and outside the prefecture participated.