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Fukushima Daiichi NPS Prompt Report 2013

Fukushima Daiichi NPS Prompt Report (Nov 18,2013)Immediate release:First day work for fuel removal from Unit 4 spent fuel pool safely completed at Fukushima Daiichi NPS

Four fuel assemblies loaded into the cask placed inside the pool

Fukushima, Japan, Nov. 18, 2013-TEPCO announced today that they have completed the first day work for fuel removal from the Unit 4 spent fuel pool at Fukushima Daiichi NPS. Four fuel assemblies were loaded into the cask, and all the work for the day completed at 6:45PM.

The extraction work started at 3:18PM, following thorough safety preparations with the cooperation of many partner companies and individual workers. It is planned to take approximately one week from placing 22 fuel assemblies into the cask at the spent fuel pool to storing it in the common pool. President Hirose expressed his gratitude today, towards the employees and workers from partner companies "who have worked so hard, with such ingenuity, diligence, and courage, to make possible this achievement."

Photos and brief report of the first day work:
http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/2013/images/handouts_131118_03-e.pdf (PDF 177KB)

President Hirose's comments regarding the start of fuel removal:
http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/index-e.html

Video explaining the removal process/Dr. Klein's comments and material explaining the overview of the task:
http://photo.tepco.co.jp/en/date/2013/201310-e/131030-02e.html

The encompassing safety measures towards the assumable risks of the task:
http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/2013/images/handouts_131115_03-e.pdf (PDF 48.4KB)


TEPCO, Inc. is a provider of electricity to the Kanto region, which includes Tokyo and Yokohama. The company is headquartered in Tokyo. For more information, please go to http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/index-e.html.