N-reactor research facility unveiled
the-japan-news.com -- Apr 01
A research facility equipped with a life-size model of a nuclear containment vessel was unveiled Wednesday in the town of Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture.

The facility was built in preparation for the decommissioning of reactors in Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. An inauguration ceremony was held on the same day, and the new facility starts full operations from Friday.

The steel-frame facility with a 40-meter-high open ceiling is a laboratory building of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency's (JAEA) Naraha Remote Technology Development Center. Its floor space is about 5,670 square meters.

実物大の原子炉格納容器の一部を再現した施設が、福島・楢葉町に完成した。 「楢葉遠隔技術開発センター」に完成した試験棟には、福島第1原発2号機の原子炉格納­容器の一部が、実物大で再現されている。 施設の3階部では、「ベント」と呼ばれる場所に、止水材という水を止めるものを入れて­、実際に格納容器が水で満たせるがどうか、実験を行うという。
News sources: the-japan-news.com, FNNLocal
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