December 1999

Tepco To Postpone Niigata MOX Project For One Year

Nikkei Tokoy, 11 November 1999

[Posted 06/12/1999]

- 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 in February.

Previously, the 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 same year.

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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