Final Exercise Starts for Fuel Removal from Monju Reactor

Economy Society

Tokyo, Aug. 19 (Jiji Press)--The Japan Atomic Energy Agency started on Sunday a final exercise in preparation for work to remove fuel assemblies from its Monju prototype fast-breeder nuclear reactor, which is in the process of being decommissioned.

The JAEA will launch the actual fuel removal within this month if it judges that the work can be conducted safely.

The fuel removal was initially planned to begin late last month, but has been postponed due in part to a series of problems in a final test to examine whether equipment to be used for the work functions properly.

In the final exercise, control rods used instead of real fuel assemblies will be removed from a container filled with sodium, a coolant, using the equipment. The control rods will be then packed in cans after the sodium is rinsed off, and transported to a water-filled pool.

It has not been decided when the final exercise will end, according to the agency.

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