Japan Update: Cooling Resumed at Reactors 4 & 5 at Fukushima
Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) has succeeded Saturday in restarting an emergency diesel generator and resuming the cooling functions in Reactors 4 and 5 in its Fukushima nuclear power facility as work continued to bring power to the other reactors.
Reactors 4 and 5 at the plant are set away from the other four reactors, which sustained the most damage in the massive quake and tsunamis on March 11.
Meanwhile, workers have succeeded in attaching a power cable to the crisis-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant and are now working inside to ensure success when they switch on desperately needed cooling machinery.
“TEPCO has connected the external transmission line with the receiving point of the plant and confirmed that electricity can be supplied,” the plant’s operation, TEPCO said.
It said workers inside the plant are now checking connections within it to ensure power does not short out once it is resumed. Their plan is to resume power to Reactors 1 and 2 before moving on to Reactors 3 and 4 by Sunday. Power is needed to restart water circulation systems that keep used fuel rods and reactors cool.