- nuclear fuel
- 核燃料（後出 fuel rod は棒状の燃料）
- fast-breeder reactor
- 高速増殖炉（後出 prototype reactor は原型炉）
- fiscal ～
- a series of ～
- 一連の～（後出 repeated ～は度重なる～）
- (liquid) sodium
Nuclear fuel removal work begins at Monju reactor
TSURUGA, Fukui － The removal of nuclear fuel from the crippled fast-breeder reactor Monju began on Aug. 30 here as the first step in its 30-year decommissioning process.
It will take at least until fiscal 2022 to remove the 530 fuel rods from the core and the fuel cooling pool of the prototype 1-trillion-yen reactor.
Monju was originally touted as a "dream reactor" capable of producing more nuclear fuel than it consumes, but has ended up a failure due to a series of accidents and repeated trouble.
According to the plans, one fuel rod will be removed from a fuel pool filled with liquid sodium per day.
The entire work of shuttering Monju is estimated to cost a total of 375 billion yen.
Monju suffered a massive leak of sodium coolant in 1995, and remained closed. The facility has also experienced a series of trouble including a failure to conduct equipment checks, and the government decided to close it in 2016. The reactor had been in operation for a total of only 250 days.