The Japanese government’s key energy policy official today called on the governor of Fukui prefecture to support the construction of two more nuclear reactors in the region, which already has the heaviest concentration of nuclear power facilities in Japan.

At a meeting with Governor Yukio Kurita in Fukui Monday morning, Hirobumi Kono, director general of the Agency of Natural Resources and Energy, appealed for support in building the third and fourth reactors at Japan Atomic Power Co.’s Tsuruga plant.

The state-run power company plans to build the nation’s first advanced pressurised water reactors, each with a capacity to produce 1530 MW, which would make the plant one of the largest in the world.

The company has been preparing environmental assessments and plans to bring both reactors online by 2010. Neither Fukui prefecture nor the host city of Tsuruga has given the go-ahead for the project yet.