Tokyo Electric Power Co. and the government said Monday they will seek to take out all fuel assemblies inside the No. 4 unit of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant by the end of 2014, a year earlier than initially planned.
The schedule was moved up amid lingering concerns over the condition of the unit that stores 1,533 fuel assemblies, the largest number among the four damaged units of the plant. The upper part of the unit’s building was severely damaged by a hydrogen explosion last year.
TEPCO plans to start taking out the fuel in mid-November 2013, one month earlier than initially scheduled, because the clearance of debris from the upper portion of the building went smoothly and it found it can skip some preparatory work deemed necessary earlier.