TEPCO Crane Too Short to Dismantle N-Reactor Exhaust Stack

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Tokyo, May 20 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. <9501> on Monday told the Nuclear Regulation Authority that a crane to dismantle an exhaust stack at disaster-crippled nuclear reactors has turned out shorter than planned.

TEPCO postponed the dismantling work scheduled to begin on Monday for the common exhaust stack for the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors at its Fukushima No. 1 plant, hit by a triple meltdown after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The work is now expected to start in June or later.

After assembling the crane in question, the company found that the crane is capable of lifting dismantling equipment no higher than 1.6 meters below the top of the 120-meter-tall chimney.

"We'll identify the cause" of the problem, Akira Ono, chief decommissioning officer for the nuclear plant, told a meeting with the NRA.

NRA Commissioner Nobuhiko Ban urged TEPCO not to repeat any such problem.

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