ALERT: TEPCO: It May Be 100% Hydrogen Gas Inside the Pipe Connecting to Reactor I Containment Vessel

TEPCO: It May Be 100% Hydrogen Gas Inside the Pipe Connecting to Reactor I Containment Vessel (EX-SKF, Sep. 24, 2011):

First it was reported that “over 10,000 ppm” or over 1% of hydrogen gas was detected at 2 locations in the pipe that connects to the Containment Vessel of Reactor 1 at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant. Then it was allegedly “over 40,000 ppm” or 4%.

According to Jiji Tsushin, TEPCO thinks the hydrogen gas concentration in the pipe may be 100%. 1,000,000 ppm.

Still, TEPCO says possibility of explosion is not necessarily high because there is no source nearby that could cause sparks. (Never mind that they were going to use blow torches to cut the pipes…)

Jiji Tsushin (12:28PM JST 6/24/2011):

福 島第1原発1号機の格納容器につながる配管から1%を超える濃度の水素が検出された問題で、東京電力は24日、配管内部の気体はほとんどが水素である可能 性が高いと発表した。東電の松本純一原子力・立地本部長代理は同日の記者会見で、「着火源がないので、直ちに爆発のリスクが高いとは言えない」と述べた。

Concerning the detection of hydrogen gas in more than 1% concentration inside the pipe that connects to the Containment Vessel of Reactor 1 at Fukushia I Nuclear Power Plant, TEPCO announced on September 24 that it is highly probable that almost all the gas inside the pipe is hydrogen gas. TEPCO’s Matsumoto said in the press conference, “Since there is no source for sparks, it cannot be said that there is a high risk of explosion immediately”.

東電によると、23日午後に配管の出口部分の気体を複数回測定したところ、いずれも「水素を含む可燃性ガスが100%以上」との数字が出た。今後、水素だけを計れる測定器を用意し、正確な濃度を測定する方針。

According to TEPCO, they measured the gas at the pipe exit several times in the afternoon of September 23. Each time, the result showed “flammable gas including hydrogen gas, over 100% “. The company plans to use the instrument that only measures hydrogen, in order to accurately measure the concentration of hydrogen.

It’s so TEPCO. First they used the device that could only measure up to 10,000 ppm, and that maxed out. Then they apparently used the device that could only measure up to 40,000 ppm, and that maxed out. So they brought in a bit more powerful instrument, but it measures all flammable gases including hydrogen.

I suppose they were hoping that one of these devices would suffice. But now, even they have admitted that the air inside the pipe may be 100% hydrogen.

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