Unit 4 Overhead Crane Removed – Enhanced Images

TEPCO has removed the 100 ton overhead crane from unit 4. Asahi Shimbun has further details on TEPCO’s plan for unit 4.

TEPCO plans to:
Remove the entire steel frame and shell of the 5th floor of the building by June 2012
Remove containment vessel lid (yellow cap) and other equipment by the end of August 2012
Install a cover above the reactor building (no date set)
Install equipment to remove fuel from the pool to transfer to the central storage pool.

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April 2011 image of unit 4

Removal of the crane mechanism March 2012

Removal of the crane mechanism March 2012

Preparation to remove remaining structure of the crane March 2012 (notice the ladder is still propped up inside building)

Lifting remaining crane structure out of unit 4, March 2012

Lowering remaining crane structure to the ground March 2012

Parking crane structure on the ground. TEPCO doesn’t note what will be done with it now.

Unit 4 now empty of the overhead crane.


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