JAPAN | TEPCO to send workers into No.3 reactor building

Posted on July 8, 2011

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JAPAN | NHK | Friday, July 08, 2011 13:06 +0900 (JST)

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant will send personnel, instead of a robot, into one of the reactor buildings to take steps to prevent a hydrogen explosion. But the work is likely to face difficulty because of the high radiation levels.

Tokyo Electric Power Company plans to inject nitrogen into the No.3 reactor to prevent another hydrogen explosion.

The utility used a camera-mounted robot on Wednesday to examine the No.3 reactor building to determine if it can connect injection pipes to the containment vessel. But TEPCO was unable to assess the situation because the robot couldn’t reach the area.

TEPCO says it will send workers inside the reactor building instead. A few more days will be needed for the government to confirm safety before nitrogen can be injected.

The company hopes to complete the injection by July 17th according to its schedule, but the prospects remain unclear. Removing the risk of hydrogen explosions and stably cooling down the reactors are the keys to bringing the situation under control.

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