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UPDATE 1-Japan Nov nuclear usage rises to 66.6 pct

 * November nuclear utilisation rate 8.5 pct pts higher yr/yr
 * Rate up 3.1 pct pts m/m after restart of several units
 (Adds details, table)
 TOKYO, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Japan's nuclear utilisation rate
climbed year-on-year in November, rising for the third month in a
row, as utilities increased power output ahead of winter.
 The nuclear power plant utilisation rate at Japan's 10
nuclear power companies averaged 66.6 percent in November, 8.5
percentage points higher than a year ago, the trade ministry said
on Tuesday.
 Last month's nuclear run rate was also 3.1 percentage points
higher than in October, reflecting the restart of several units
before winter, when power demand typically rises as consumers
increase electric heater use to combat colder weather.
 The earlier restart of two reactors at Tokyo Electric Power
Co's (TEPCO) 9501.T Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant has also
given a boost to nuclear runs in the country this year.
 TEPCO was forced to shut the seven units at the plant, the
world's largest, over two years ago following a major earthquake
in northern Japan.
 Below is a list of nuclear power generators and the nuclear
power plant utilisation rate for November, according to the data.
 Nine Japanese utilities and electricity wholesaler Japan
Atomic Power Co have 53 nuclear power generators for commercial
use, with a total generating capacity of 47,935 megawatts, the
world's third highest.
                      NOVEMBER
 Company                                Run rate (%)
 Hokkaido Electric Power Co 9509.T    102.7
 Tohoku Electric Power Co 9506.T       67.7
 Tokyo Electric Power Co 9501.T        61.7
 Chubu Electric Power Co 9502.T        64.2
 Hokuriku Electric Power Co 9505.T     60.1
 Kansai Electric Power Co 9503.T       57.7
 Chugoku Electric Power Co 9504.T     101.0
 Shikoku Electric Power Co 9507.T     101.4
 Kyushu Electric Power Co 9508.T       83.6
 Japan Atomic Power Co                   45.5
 (Reporting by James Topham)
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