Six ‘swimming’ robots will check melted fuel at Fukushima plant

Posted: 12th January 2022

By YU FUJINAMI/ Staff Writer

January 11, 2022 at 18:15 JST


The first robot to be sent into the No. 1 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant will attach the four rings in the middle to the interior wall. (Provided by IRID and Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy)

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More than a decade after the Fukushima nuclear accident, officials of Tokyo Electric Power Co., the plant operator, still have no idea about the condition of the melted nuclear fuel in the No. 1 reactor.

They hope to get a clearer picture through a study beginning Jan. 12 utilizing six submersible robots of what has to be dealt with and the sediment in trying to remove the highly radioactive material.
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