Saturday, November 23, 2013

TEPCO moves 22 fuel rods from the 4th unit of NPP “Fukushima-1” to a special pool...

Specialists from the Japanese energy company TEPCO, operator of the accident-struck nuclear power plant, “Fukushima -1” have successfully moved 22 fuel elements (rods) from the container to a special pool just 100 meters away from the fourth unit, is being reported in a press release.
Work on extraction of the fuel rods at the fourth power plant, “Fukushima -1” began on Monday, the 18th of November. In the fourth power unit, 1.533 fuel elements are stored, most of them consisting of spent nuclear fuel.

 Last year, TEPCO, in test mode, removed two of them and made sure that the elements have not been corroded, allowing the beginning of their safe removal. 

The Company expects that work on extraction of the fuel elements at the fourth power plant, “Fukushima -1” will be completed by the end of next year.

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