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Fukushima operator completes elimination of second set of spent gasoline rods By Reuters


© Reuters. The highest of the broken No.3 reactor constructing is seen at tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear energy plant in Okuma city, Fukushima prefecture, Japan


By Aaron Sheldrick

TOKYO (Reuters) – Tepco, the operator of Japan’s wrecked Fukushima atomic plant, mentioned it had efficiently eliminated spent uranium gasoline from a broken reactor constructing in a key step in its clear up of the positioning after a nuclear catastrophe a decade in the past.

Formally often known as Tokyo Electrical Energy, Tepco mentioned it had transferred round 170 tonnes of spent uranium gasoline from excessive up within the constructing to a safer location — the second profitable operation of its form and the primary to be carried out by distant management, because of the excessive radiation within the reactor constructing.

It comes as Japan prepares to mark the tenth anniversary of the March 11, 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters. It is going to present Tepco with vital expertise and information for the a lot harder and time consuming job of extracting melted reactor cores and particles within the coming a long time.

At 13:59 native time (0459 GMT) on Sunday the final six of 566 used gasoline assemblies have been faraway from the spent gasoline pool by a crane operated by a workforce situated about 500 metres (550 yards) away, Tepco mentioned in an announcement emailed to Reuters on Monday.

The switch from the No. 3 constructing began in April 2019 following the protected elimination of greater than 1,300 gasoline rods from the badly broken reactor No. 4 constructing in 2014.

The work on the No. 3 unit required the elimination of giant items of broken gear that fell into the pool throughout the explosions that rocked the nuclear website in Fukushima, within the days after an earthquake and tsunami knocked out energy and emergency cooling.

Three overheated reactors melted down on the planet’s worst nuclear catastrophe since Chernobyl in 1986.

Within the decade since, Tepco has needed to take care of big quantities of contaminated water build up on the website because of the nature of its advert hoc cooling system used to maintain the melted gasoline in a protected state.

The utility has additionally been criticised by regulators on a number of events for security breaches and different failings.

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