Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. is facing difficulties in completing a spent fuel reprocessing plant in the village of Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture, in October next year as scheduled, President Yoshihiko Kawai said Tuesday.
The northern Japan plant is intended to collect uranium and plutonium from spent nuclear fuel. It was in a final phase trial to solidify, with grass, high-level radioactive water generated in a nuclear fuel recycling process.
The trial, however, was suspended due to problems. It is uncertain when the trial can be resumed because of anticipated power supply shortages in summer.
But the company will not put back its scheduled completion date for the time being, Kawai said at a press conference here.
Regarding the nuclear crisis at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 power plant, Kawai said he hopes to provide as much support as possible in the field of chemical processing, an area the company excels in.