Japan nuke plant operator begins operation to connect power

TOKYO Thu Mar 17, 2011 8:50am EDT

TOKYO (Reuters) - The operator of Japan's troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear-power plant said it had started work on Thursday to connect outside power cables to the plant and that electricity could be connected on Thursday.

Tokyo Electric Power Co had hoped to connect the cables by Thursday afternoon to two of the plant's six reactor units to restart cooling pumps knocked out by last Friday's massive earthquake and tsunami.

Japan's nuclear agency said the No.2 reactor will be the first to receive electricity because it has a roof and will try to use power for internal mechanisms.

(Writing by Jason Szep)

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specsalot wrote:
All power plants have emergency generators and contingency plans to support controlled shut down and start up’s. This operation will have a positive impact if successful. Clearly a complicated operation involving the testing, clearing, and segmenting of plant station buses. There are likely challenges just re-establishing control due to instrument and loop failures. Lack of meaningful communication from TEPCO and Japanese regulators leaves the impression that they are chasing rather than controlling events.

Mar 17, 2011 10:59am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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