March 18, 2011 / 7:00 PM / 7 years ago

TEPCO connects line, can get power to Daiichi plant

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

The damaged Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant in Fukushima is seen in this satellite image, taken and released by DigitalGlobe March 18, 2011. REUTERS/DigitalGlobe/Handout

In a statement seen in New York, 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”.

After checking whether pumps and other equipment are functional, TEPCO said it would try to restore the damaged items, putting priority on equipment for sending cooling water to the reactors.

That equipment includes the seawater injection system, a standby liquid control system and a control rod drive system.

Reporting by Scott DiSavino; Editing by Dale Hudson

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