April 2, 2014 / 12:25 AM / 4 years ago

Kyushu Electric seeks $970 million capital injection from Japan: source

TOKYO (Reuters) - Kyushu Electric Power Co (9508.T) is in talks with state-owned Development Bank of Japan for a capital infusion, a source with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Wednesday, making it the second utility this week to seek government support.

An aerial view shows Kyushu Electric Power's Genkai nuclear power plant, in Genkai town, Saga Prefecture, in this picture taken by Kyodo on June 9, 2011. REUTERS/KYODO

Kyushu Electric is asking DBJ to buy 100 billion yen ($965.5 million) of preferred stock in the company, the source said. The government-owned lender is considering the request, which was reported earlier by the Nikkei.

Kyushu Electric spokesman Yuki Hirano said the company is looking into the matter, when contacted by Reuters.

Japanese nuclear operators are in tough financial straits after being forced to import more costly thermal fuels amid a prolonged shutdown of their reactors for safety checks after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011.

Hokkaido Electric Power Co (9509.T) is asking DBJ to buy 50 billion yen worth of preferred shares in the company, a source said on Tuesday.

    Shares in Kyushu Electric were down 4.7 percent, underperforming a 0.9 percent rise in the benchmark Nikkei .N225.

    ($1 = 103.5750 Japanese Yen)

    Reporting by Taiga Uranaka and James Topham; Editing by Aaron Sheldrick and Dominic Lau

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