Kyushu Electric Power Co has loaded a consignment of MOX fuel in its Genkai 3 reactor in Saga prefecture.

It is expecting to start Japan’s first burn of MOX fuel in December.

About 23 tons of fuel has been supplied by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, but manufactured by Areva in France. The fuel will make up 16 assemblies of about 80 being replaced in the 193-assembly 1184MWe PWR.

According to Kyodo News, Shikoku Electric Power Co and Chubu Electric Power Co plan to follow Kyushu Electric in launching the plutonium-thermal generation at their nuclear plants in and after 2010.

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