First Cask Filled At Unit 4 Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO announced that they have filled the first cask with fuel as of 6:28PM JST Tuesday. A total of 22 assemblies were loaded between Monday and Tuesday. This from the TEPCO press release via email:

Fukushima, Japan, Nov. 19, 2013-TEPCO announced today that they have completed the second day work for fuel removal from the Unit 4 spent fuel pool at Fukushima Daiichi NPS.
22 fuel assemblies were loaded into the cask, and all the work for the day completed at 6:28PM.”

TEPCO extended work hours of the defueling crews at unit 4 on Tuesday. Shifts will now be 9am to 9pm. On Monday it took about 3.5 hours to move 4 unused fuel assemblies from the pool to the cask. TEPCO had workers move 18 units on Tuesday for a total of 22. The cask will be transferred to the common pool on Wednesday. The fuel currently being handled is unused fuel that was stored in the pool at unit 4.


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