Kyodo Reports Cooling System At Third Nuclear Power Plant Fails

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Breaking news from Kyodo: the cooling system at Tokai, a third nuclear power plant now said to have cooling failures, has stopped according to the fire department. Tokai was Japan's first nuclear power plant. The plant has two reactors: a 1965 built Magnox-type 166MW, and a 1978 built Boiling Water Reactor generating 1100MW. As Wikileaks reports: "This Boiling Water Reactor  was the first nuclear reactor built in Japan to produce over 1000 MW of electricity. By some formalities in the paperwork, the unit is technically separate from the rest of the nuclear facilities at Tokai-mura, but it is managed with the rest of them and even shares the same front gate. The power produced at the unit is sold by both the Tokyo Electric Company and the Tohoku Electric Company." SkyNews adds that the cooling has failed at the bigger, BWR reactor.

Location of the Tokai plant, which is just south of the two Fukushima complexes... and only 100 km from Tokyo:

And the token picture:

A quick summary of the reactors:

Unit 1

This reactor was built based on British developed Magnox  technology. Unit 1 will be the first nuclear reactor to be decommissioned in Japan. The experience in decommissioning this plant is expected to be of use in the future when more Japanese plants are decommissioned. Below is a brief time-line of the process.

    * March 31, 1998: operations cease
    * March 2001: last of the nuclear fuel moved off-site
    * October 4, 2001: decommissioning plan announced
    * December 2001: decommissioning begins, spent fuel pool is cleaned
    * 2003: turbine room and electric generator taken down
    * Late 2004: fuel moving crane dismantled
    * 2011: the reactor itself is dismantled

Unit 2

This Boiling Water Reactor
was the first nuclear reactor built in Japan to produce over 1000 MW of
electricity. By some formalities in the paperwork, the unit is
technically separate from the rest of the nuclear facilities at
Tokai-mura, but it is managed with the rest of them and even shares the
same front gate. The power produced at the unit is sold by both the Tokyo Electric Company and the Tohoku Electric Company.

A quick summary of all Japanese power plants: