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Fukushima nuke plant to stabilize in 6-9 months: operator

04-17-2011 15:16 BJT Special Report:9.0 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Japan |

TOKYO, April 17 (Xinhua) -- The crippled Fukushima No. 1 power plant will be stabilized to a condition known as "cold shutdown" in about six to nine months, Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant said Sunday.

The company's chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata announced the utility's schedule "for the moment" for bringing the complex in Fukushima Prefecture under control at a news conference in Tokyo.

Restoring stable cooling to the reactors and spent fuel pools will take about three months, he said.

Also on Sunday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said while meeting with Fukushima Gov. Yuhei Sato that the government "may be able to give an estimate in the next few days" of when the nuclear emergency will be contained, Kyodo News said.

The nuclear plant has been crippled by the devastating March 11 earthquake and ensuing tsunami, causing radioactive materials to be emitted into the environment.

The crippled Fukushima No. 1 power plant will be stabilized to a condition known as "cold shutdown" in about six to nine months, Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant said Sunday.

 

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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