TEPCO to Restore Power to Japanese Power Plant

17 March 2011 (Last Updated March 17th, 2011 18:30)

The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) workers are preparing to restore power at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in an effort to prevent a nuclear meltdown. TEPCO is set to finish work on reconnecting a power line to the cooling system of the No. 2 reactor, today.

The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) workers are preparing to restore power at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in an effort to prevent a nuclear meltdown.

TEPCO is set to finish work on reconnecting a power line to the cooling system of the No. 2 reactor, today.

The power link will be used to restart pumps needed to pour cooling water on overheating fuel rods whose exposure to air in absence of water will release harmful radiation.

Once the pumps are successfully brought back, power may be restored to reactors 3 and 4 on 20 March 2011, according to TEPCO.

Japan’s chief cabinet secretary Yukio Edano told Bloomberg that radiation levels have declined to a safe degree for workers.

The risk of a meltdown has lessened after Japanese helicopters and water cannons dumped tons of water on the site yesterday.

The operations could resume again today, using 30 fire engines brought in from Tokyo.