JAPAN | Nitrogen injection starts at No. 3 reactor

Posted on July 14, 2011


JAPAN | NHK | 14 July 2011

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has started injecting nitrogen into the plant’s No. 3 reactor’s containment vessel to prevent a hydrogen explosion.

The Tokyo Electric Power Company started the procedure on Thursday evening after Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency confirmed the plan’s safety.

Tokyo Electric had already begun injecting nitrogen into the plant’s No. 1 and 2 reactors. The work at the No. 3 reactor was delayed due to high radiation levels.

Nitrogen injection is essential for the utility to complete the first step of its plan to bring the plant under control by the target date of July 17th.

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