Tepco to dismantle reactor1 cover to remove the spent fuel assemblies, “4 years to start removing the fuel”

Tepco to dismantle reactor1 cover to remove the spent fuel assemblies, "4 years to start removing the fuel"


On 5/9/2013, Tepco announced they are going to dismantle reactor1 cover in mid 2013.

Tepco cannot build the sarcophagus on Fukushima nuclear plant due to the spent fuel assemblies.

In order to take out the spent fuel assemblies, Tepco needs to remove the debris on the operation floor.

They built the reactor1 cover in October of 2011. They state the cover needs to be taken out for the safety while they are removing the debris.

Tepco plans to restore the cover after removing all the debris, but they estimate it to be in 4 years from mid 2013.

After restoring the cover, they are finally going to remove the spent fuel assemblies in 2017.





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Tepco va démonter le couvercle du réacteur 1 pour retirer les assemblages de combustible. 4 ans avant le début du retrait des combustibles


Tepco to dismantle reactor1 cover to remove the spent fuel assemblies, "4 years to start removing the fuel"

Le 9 mai 2013, Tepco annonce qu’ils vont commencer le démontage du couvercle du réacteur 1 mi-2013.

Tepco ne peut pas construire de sarcophage sur la centrale nucléaire de Fukushima à cause des assemblages de combustibles usagés. Pour les retirer , Tepco doit d’abord enlever les gravas de l’étage opérationnel.
Ils avaient construit le couvercle sur le réacteur 1 en octobre 2011. Ils affirment qu’il faut le retirer par sécurité durant le retrait des gravas.
Tepco prévoit de remettre le couvercle après nettoyage mais ils estiment qu’il faudra 4 ans à partir de mi-2013.
Après remontage du couvercle, ils commenceront enfin le retrait des assemblages de combustibles usagés, en 2017.


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This website updates the latest news about the Fukushima nuclear plant and also archives the past news from 2011. Because it's always updated and added live, articles, categories and the tags are not necessarily fitted in the latest format.
I am the writer of this website. About page remains in 2014. This is because my memory about 311 was clearer than now, 2023, and I think it can have a historical value. Now I'm living in Romania with 3 cats as an independent data scientist.
Actually, nothing has progressed in the plant since 2011. We still don't even know what is going on inside. They must keep cooling the crippled reactors by water, but additionally groundwater keeps flowing into the reactor buildings from the broken parts. This is why highly contaminated water is always produced more than it can circulate. Tepco is planning to officially discharge this water to the Pacific but Tritium is still remaining in it. They dilute this with seawater so that it is legally safe, but scientifically the same amount of radioactive tritium is contained. They say it is safe to discharge, but none of them have drunk it.


May 2013