- Preparations for pressure release
- 1067 MWe BWR, 1984- Automatically shut down- Offsite power available- Water level stable- Preparations for pressure release
Unit 3- 1067 MWe BWR,
1985- Automatically shut down- Offsite power available- Water level stable- Preparations for pressure release
Unit 4- 1067 MWe BWR, 1987- Automatically shut down- Offsite power available- Water level stable- Preparations for pressure release
The loss of the diesels led the plant owners Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) toimmediately notify the government of a
emergency situation, which allows ofﬁcials totake additional precautionary measures.Even now, the primary focus of work at the site remains to connect enough portable powermodules to fully replace the diesels and enable the full operation of
Pressure and releases
Without enough power for cooling systems, decay heat from the reactor cores of units 1, 2 and 3has gradually reduced coolant water levels through evaporation. The consequent increasein
pressure in the coolant circuit can be managed via
pressure release valves. However, this leadsto an increase in pressure within the reactor building containment. Tepco has said that thepressure within the containment of Fukushima Daiichi 1 has reached around 840 kPa, comparedto reference levels of 400 kPa.
The company has decided to manage this "for those units that cannot conﬁrm certain levels of water injection" by means of a controlled release of air and water vapour to the atmosphere.Because this water has been through the reactor core, this would inevitably mean a certainrelease of radiation.
The IAEA said this would be ﬁltered to retain radiation within thecontainment.
Tepco has conﬁrmed it was in the process of relieving pressure at unit 1 whilepreparing to do the same for units 2 and 3