TEPCO connects line, can supply power to Daiichi plant

NEW YORK Fri Mar 18, 2011 2:49pm EDT

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said Friday it has connected the external transmission line with the stricken Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan and confirmed that electricity can be supplied.

In a statement, the company said, "It planned to supply Unit 2 first, followed by Unit 1, Unit 3 and Unit 4 ... because Unit 2 is expected to be less damaged."

(Reporting by Scott DiSavino)

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Haystack wrote:
Does anyone have an idea as to why they didn’t lift in large emergency generators shortly after the incident by helicopter? This would have restored power before all the additional damage was done increasing the probabilty that the pumps would work. I keep a small generator in its original box unused in case my primary backup home generator fails.

Mar 18, 2011 5:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Sniffles wrote:
Speaking as an emergency generator operator. There is a lot more involved than just plugging appliances into an alternative power source. That is the principle, but the pumps must connect the correct way to the correct power in the correct place. Many of the pumps and their power control panels are inaccessible, and more than a few have suffered some damage. Then there is the radiation factor, where some areas cannot be entered at all.

The easiest way to understand this is to keep in mind it took weeks to properly connect the emergency generators in the first place under ideal circumstances.

Mar 18, 2011 7:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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