MATSUYAMA, Ehime Pref. (Kyodo) Recycled nuclear fuel shipped from France arrived Wednesday at Shikoku Electric Power Co.’s Ikata plant in Ehime Prefecture in line with a plan to make it Japan’s second nuclear plant to use such fuel for power generation next year.

Shikoku Electric plans to start fueling the No. 3 reactor at the plant with the plutonium-uranium mixed oxide, or MOX, fuel in January to begin so-called pluthermal, or plutonium-thermal, power generation in February.

MOX fuel was taken Saturday to Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Genkai nuclear plant in Saga Prefecture, which is to be the first in Japan to use it in November, and on May 18 to Chubu Electric Power Co.’s Hamaoka plant in Shizuoka Prefecture, slated to follow suit next summer or later.

The fuel was manufactured in France for the three utility firms, which also placed an order for it with Britain.

It is the third time Japan has transported MOX fuel from Europe, following shipments in 1999 and 2001 for Tokyo Electric Power Co. and Kansai Electric Power Co. that were unused due partly to a data falsification scandal.

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