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Fukushima clean-up chief urges better use of probe robot

tech Updated: Mar 02, 2017 12:11 IST

Workers at the Unit 2 reactor building at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Japan(AFP)

The head of decommissioning for the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant says more creativity in needed in developing robots to locate and assess the condition of melted fuel rods.

Naohiro Masuda, president of Fukushima Dai-ichi decommissioning, said Thursday that more data is needed so they can develop a better strategy for removing debris. The plant will decide on a method this summer.

Masuda said a robot sent inside the Unit 2 containment vessel last month could not reach as close to the core area as hoped, because it was blocked on its planned route by deposits. Masuda said he wants another probe sent in before deciding on methods to remove the reactor’s debris.

A robot developed by Toshiba Corporation and the International Research Institute for nuclear decommissioning (IRID). Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) on February 16 sent a robot deep into the Japanese nuclear reactor in Fukushima stricken by a tsunami-induced meltdown in 2011, but the mission ran into trouble and was aborted. (AFP)