• Mar 25th 2011 at 2:00PM
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Japan has turned to its neighbor across the water for help in cooling the number four reactor at the Tokyo Electric Company's nuclear power plant in Fukushima. So far, scientists and engineers have used everything from helicopters to fire trucks to get sea water to the reactor's fuel rods in order to prevent a meltdown, but according to China Realtime Report, a Wall Street Journal blog, a new solution is in the works. A 203-foot long concrete pumper truck has been called up from Chinese heavy equipment manufacturer Sany.

Instead of directing a stream of concrete up a sky scraper, this $1 million truck that was originally on its way to a Saudi client will now be used to pump sea water over the 141-foot reactor group in order to keep everything cool. Even at that height, the truck will still be able to remain 14 meters, or about 46 feet, away. Sany says that the truck left port in China on March 20 and has safely reached Japan, though there's no word on whether or not it has begun operations at Fukushima.

Tokyo Electric Company originally offered to purchase the truck, but Sany is donating it and a full support team free of charge, and this isn't the first time that the construction equipment manufacturer has lent a hand in international disaster efforts. The company also donated a giant crane to assist in the evacuation of the Chilean miners who were trapped in a mine last year.

Unfortunately, the very latest update from Japan is that Fukushima's No. 3 reactor is leaking water with 10,000 times the normal level of radiation, which may indicate a breach of the reactor's core. If that's the case, there's no telling how the Sany pump truck will be used when it arrives on site, or if it will be needed at all.

[Sources: Sany, China Realtime Report, China News]
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Sany 62M Concrete Pump Truck Sent to Japan to Cool down Nuclear Reactors

March 19
News from Sina.com Finance – Sina.com

Finance learned today from Sany Heavy Industry that at the request of Tokyo Electric Power Company, Sany will dispatch one unit of 62M truck-mounted concrete pump immediately to Japan to help cool down the nuclear reactors in the Fukushima nuclear plant, which had been seriously damaged by the devastating earthquake at a scale of magnitude 9.0 and tsunami in March 11, 2011. At present, this 62M concrete pump truck has set out from Changsha city, headquarters of Sany Heavy Industry, and is expected to arrive in Japan next Wednesday at the earliest.

When the nuclear plant in Fukushima was hit by the earthquake and tsunami, the cooling systems of a few nuclear reactors had failed, and the fuel rods were unable to cool down. Tokyo Electric Power Company has been trying to spray sea water to those reactors by fire trucks, military helicopters, concrete pump trucks and other equipments in an attempt to cool down the fuel rods of nuclear reactor and fix the cooling systems of two damaged reactor groups so as to stop the leakage of nuclear radioactivity.

According to Deputy General Manager of Sany Overseas Yang Zhihua, the dispatched 62m truck-mounted concrete pump is mainly responsible for spraying sea water into No. 4 nuclear reactor group, which is 46 meters in height. Pump truck has to work 14 meters away from the nuclear reactor group, and 62M truck-mounted concrete pump made by Sany Heavy Industry can meet this requirement perfectly.

It is reported that Sany Heavy Industry is holding a Guinness world record for the pump truck with the longest boom in the world. When Tokyo Electric Power Company requested to purchase the SY5502THB 62M truck-mounted concrete pump from Sany Heavy Industry to help cool down the reactors by spraying sea water into them, Chairman of Sany Heavy Industry Liang Wengen responded promptly that Sany would offer one unit of 62M truck-mounted concrete pump for free to help Japan cool down No. 4 nuclear reactor group, and that Sany would provide all-round support to the operations at the nuclear plant if necessary. The said 62M truck-mounted concrete pump is worth 1 million US dollars.

Today, Sany Heavy Industry received an official letter from Masataka Shimizu's SY5502THB 62M truck-mounted concrete pump as the disaster relief equipment and use it in the operations at the nuclear plant in Fukushima. Masataka Shimizu hoped that Sany's pump truck could reach Japan as soon as possible., president of Tokyo Electric Power Company, agreeing to accept Sany

At present, this 62M truck-mounted concrete pump has set out from Changsha, where Sany Heavy Industry is headquartered. When it arrives in Shanghai on March 20, it will be shipped immediately to Osaka, Japan. The pump truck is estimated to reach Japan next Wednesday. Sany Heavy Industry will also send a service engineer to Japan to provide technical support.

Sales Director of Sany Overseas Sun Bin updated his micro blog this afternoon, "After over 10 hours' preparation and testing by Sany Concrete Pumping Machinery Company, the 62M truck-mounted concrete pump finally got ready and set out for Japan."
In fact, this is not the first time that Sany-made equipments have joined the disaster relief operations in foreign countries. In October 2010, the "King Crane" SCC4000 crawler crane, manufactured by Sany Heavy Industry, was chosen by the Chilean government to join the relief operation in the collapsed San Jose Copper Mine in Chile.

"The reason why Tokyo Electric Power Company has chosen the pump truck made by Sany Heavy Industry this time is that Sany, as the No. 1 brand in the field of global concrete pumping machinery, has shown outstanding performance of its concrete pumping products. Tokyo Electric Power Company trusts the quality of Sany's products," an expert in the industry told the reporter.

It is reported that boom making technology is one of the key technologies used in manufacturing truck-mounted concrete pump. This technology was formerly held in the hands of German and American manufacturers. Through arduous independent R&D and innovation, Sany successfully developed China's first truck-mounted concrete pump with long boom in 1998, which held independent intellectual property rights. The successful development of concrete pump truck by Sany Heavy Industry totally changed the past situation that the boom technology was controlled by foreign pump truck manufacturers. After a decade's development, the boom length of Sany's pump truck has been updated from 37 meters to 72 meters. Up to now, Sany has become the world's largest concrete pumping machinery manufacturer, with an annual output of over 4,000 units of truck-mounted concrete pumps.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      That truck is not 66 meters long, or 203 feet long or anywhere in that range. However, the pump on top can be extended that distance.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They'realready use a "Putzmeister M58-5" at Reactor No. 4. The M58-8 is a 190 foot concrete pump truck. Some of the former Models have been used in Tschernobyl back in 1986.

      • 4 Years Ago
      The logo looks like Sanyo without an O.
        • 4 Years Ago
        eldar looks like eldard without a d.. wat the heck is going on!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bravo Sany!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice gesture.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good to see other countries help out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now the rest of the story. China is supplying the truck. The US (1) 70 meter pumphead flying out of Atlanta, another 70 meter pumphead out of California and the contractors are donating the pumpheads (there are only 3 in the world) Russia is suppling the worlds largest plane Russian Antonov AN-225 Mriya Super Heavy Transport planes to fly them there. There will still be one 70 meter pumphead left in the US, but they can't move it fast enough. A Vietnam contractor is giving up his 58 meter pump and (2) 62 meter pumps have been sent from Germany.
      • 4 Years Ago
      funny a if china send a truck to help autoblog makes a article...

      that a similar sized German pump truck started working at the Fukuschima nuclear power plant the day the chineses truck left the port in china is not worth to mention?

        • 4 Years Ago
        I think it's a story because China and Japan really do not like each other.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's not everyday you hear the Japanese asking the Chinese for technical assistance.

        Germany is already at the forefront of these things so it's not as newsworthy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Anything wrong with it ?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Godspeed, little truck! I wonder if it'll be worth $1M once it's been irradiated?

      A very nice gesture on Sany's part, it must be said.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hopefully all they need to do is pump water.
      These trucks will pump concrete if need be.
      Nuclear power - How to put the Genie back into the bottle?
      We need to find a way to pull the plug on Nuclear engery fission or whatever they call it.
      Nuclear power is never going to go away. If anything we will need more of it. I think someday science will find a way to defuse it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      When it's up and running it might look something like this:

      • 4 Years Ago
      So is it gonna pump concrete in or just water?
        • 4 Years Ago
        it's because anyone in the world want to develope some super power, like hulk, superman or so like that..eheh, let's wait to have at least 3 legs
        • 4 Years Ago
        idk what they hell they are waiting for, put that thing under some damn concrete already, days passing the world risks further contamination. lookin at photos this thing is beyond salvageable smh.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well if they just stabilize it now, they can create a more permanent solution to the hazardous waste later. There has been some fears recently that the concrete shell at chernobyl is weakening.

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