Kobe Steel supplied parts with false specifications for nuclear equipment owned by Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd, JNFL said on Friday, adding that the products were not used. The parts were destined for use in centrifuges to enrich uranium, a JNFL spokesman said by phone. Citing security reasons, he declined to provide further details. Kobe Steel has not told JNFL whether there are any safety issues with the parts, the spokesman said. A Kobe Steel spokesman confirmed the firm fabricated data about specialized coatings used on the parts and had not identified any safety issues. JNFL is the second company in the nuclear power industry to receive components affected by the steelmaker’s data tampering. Tokyo Electric Power Co said this month it had taken delivery of pipes from Kobe Steel that were not checked properly.
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