TAKAHAMA, Fukui Pref.: A ship carrying plutonium-uranium mixed oxide fuel, or MOX, made in France arrived at the port of Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Takahama nuclear power station in Fukui Prefecture, central Japan, on Wednesday morning.
It is the first shipment of MOX fuel from overseas to the Takahama plant since September 2017. The ship departed from 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.
The fuel will be used at the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors of the Takahama plant for so-called pluthermal power generation, a key part of the Japanese government’s nuclear fuel cycle policy.
Kansai Electric held about 12.6 tons of plutonium at the end of 2020, enough to make some 290 MOX fuel units.