Nitrogen to be injected to prevent explosion at Japan plant
The operator of a troubled nuclear power station in north-eastern Japan said Wednesday the company might inject nitrogen gas into a reactor to prevent a possible hydrogen explosion, DPA reported.
Tokyo Electric Power Co might start later in the day to pump in 6,000 cubic metres of nitrogen gas into the containment vessel of reactor number 1 at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, the Nikkei business daily said.
The operator is also considering pumping nitrogen into reactors 2 and 3, the Nikkei said.
The plant was crippled by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami and has since suffered a series of explosions, fires and radiation leaks.