Japan's TEPCO lowers reactor output for inspection

TOKYO, Sept 17 Thu Sep 16, 2010 9:52pm EDT

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TOKYO, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Japan's Tokyo Electric Power Co (9501.T) reduced output from a 1,356-megawatt (mw) No.7 reactor at its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant to around 720-MW on late Thursday for an unplanned inspection, the company said on Friday.

The move was to check a suspected leak in radioactive nuclear fuel. A company spokesman said he could not immediately comment on how long the reactor would be operating at lower output. (Reporting by Risa Maeda and Osamu Tsukimori; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)