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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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.