March 17, 2011 / 12:42 PM / 8 years ago

Japan nuke plant operator begins operation to connect power

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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