World’s largest concrete pumps may entomb Fukushima Daiichi plant

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    1214246018779__PutzmeisterA_70ZMeterTruckMoun_FCP_02. TOKYO (majirox news) – A gigantic concrete pump is heading towards Japan, the largest in the world, increasing speculating that Japan will soon attempt to entomb the Fukushima reactors.
    “We either wait a few hundred thousand years for the radiation to cool, or we wait a few weeks to get organized and start filling those containments with concrete using boron sand,” says a physicist familiar with the reactors who is a former translator for TEPC) (Fukushima Dai-ichi plant operator and owner).
    Boron is a widely found element in the earth’s crust and is used for everything from making glass to manufacturing wash day detergents and bleaches. It also has the property of being extremely good at stopping neutron type radiation, and is used as shielding in nuclear reactors.
    If Japan is going to entomb the Fukushima reactors, they are calling on the same company that encased the Chernobyl reactor. In 1986, 11 specialized concrete boom pumps were sent by the German firm Putzmeister GmbH to Chernobyl that entombed the devastated reactor in concrete.
    Many pumps are already at work in Fukushima pumping water and delivering sufficient volume. But four more pumps by Putzmeister are on the way , two smaller ones from Germany, and two from the United States, one of which is the largest concrete pump in the world .
    This mega pump was designed to the special requirements of an American company.
    “The pump has a boom that can reach over 227 feet and weighs over 190,000 pounds,” pump owner Mike Parigini told the Sacramento Bee . “Moving it will be a Herculean logistical task. The freight bill alone is over one million dollars”. The Antanov-225 cargo jet, the largest cargo jet in the world that can easily swallow a full sized locomotive.” It was scheduled to fly it from Los Angeles on April 9.
    “Once it’s there,” Parigini says, “what they’re going to do is pretty basic. It’s not rocket science. They’re going to encase the reactors in concrete”. However, they may initially join the effort to cool the reactors, but ultimately seem destined to pump concrete. But the amount of concrete required to encase the reactors is enormous.
    World’s largest concrete pumps may entomb Fukushima Daiichi plant | Majirox News

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