06 Apr '11, 4am

Tepco says it may inject nitrogen gas into a Fukushima reactor container to prevent a possible explosion

A man is reflected in the entrance door of the Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) headquarters building in Tokyo. Tepco said they may inject nitrogen gas into a reactor container to prevent a possible explosion. -- PHOTO: REUTERS TOKYO - THE operator of a stricken Japanese nuclear power plant on Wednesday said it may inject nitrogen gas into a reactor container to prevent a possible explosion due to a buildup of hydrogen. Workers at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant are concerned that hydrogen gas will build up in the container of reactor number 1 to the level where it will react violently with oxygen, causing an explosion. 'We are considering injecting nitrogen into the container of reactor number 1 because hydrogen gas has possibly accumulated in the container,' a Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) official said. The plan is to inject nitrogen, an inert gas abundant in the ...

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