|Adding Nuclear Fuel Rods to the Pressure Vessel|
The Kyushu Electric Power Company reported the plan to the Nuclear Regulation Authority on Friday. Earlier the same day, pre-loading inspections were completed at the Number 1 reactor.
The utility expects it will take 4 days to insert 157 nuclear fuel assemblies into the reactor. Workers will use a crane to transfer the fuel rods one by one from a storage pool in an adjacent building.
Kyushu Electric will then check emergency equipment to inject coolant into the reactor and a device to insert control rods.
Workers will also undergo a drill to rehearse their response to a severe accident.
If all goes as planned, the utility will remove the control rods to activate the reactor in mid-August.
The Sendai plant's Number 1 and Number 2 reactors became the first to clear safety screenings last year.
The screenings were required under the country's new, stricter regulations introduced after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident.
The Number 1 reactor began undergoing equipment inspections in late March ahead of the Number 2 reactor.
All of Japan's 43 reactors are currently offline.