To Postpone Niigata MOX Project For One Year
Nikkei Tokoy, 11 November 1999
- Japan's Tokyo Electric Power Co. Thursday will officially inform
local authorities of its intention to suspend a plutonium-thermal project
in Niigata Prefecture for one year until 2001, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun
reported in its Thursday morning edition, citing company sources. This
is in response to calls from the prefectural and municipal governments
to put off the project following the nuclear accident in September at
the Tokaimura fuel-processing plant in Ibaraki Prefecture. The company
had planned to start power generation using mixed- oxide fuel of plutonium
and uranium at its Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear power plant from 2000.
Tepco now plans
to start a pluthermal project at its Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant
utility was expected to launch pluthermal projects in Fukushima and
Niigata prefectures by the end of 2000, and Kansai Electric Power Co.
(J.KEP or 9503) would start a similar project in Fukui Prefecture the
Japan's five other
electric power companies, including Chubu Electric Power Co. (J.CEP
or 9502) and Kyushu Electric Power Co. (J.KYL or 9508), planned to start
projects at a total of nine plants in 2000-2005, industry sources were
quoted as saying. (END)
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