SAGA (Kyodo) The key part of preparations for Japan’s first plutonium- thermal power generation was completed Sunday as Kyushu Electric Power Co. finished loading plutonium-uranium mixed oxide, or MOX, fuel into a reactor at its Genkai nuclear power plant in Saga Prefecture a day ahead of schedule.

In the process that began Thursday at the plant’s No. 3 reactor, 80 of 193 uranium fuel bundles were replaced with new ones, of which 16 contained MOX fuel, according to the utility.

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