Nuclear Power plant ready for any emergencies
Nuclear experts assured residents living near the Daya Bay Nuclear Power Station, that it would be impossible for a nuclear emergency similar to the one that happen at the Japan Fukushima power plant.
The meeting was done to ease public concern on nuclear safety since a series of accidents happen at the power plant in Japan amid the recent earthquake and tsunami. A nuclear expert said residents should not be afraid since the Daya Power Plant is equipped with a steam turbine that feeds a water pump and an evaporation ventilation system that prevents the fuel rods from overheating. The power station also have a extra diesel engine available if any of the engines that controls the turbine and evaporation system breaks down. So experts assured that power supply in the plant will not be cut off if any breakdowns on the cooling system were to occur.
Concerns on radiation leaks were also discussed after what happened to the Fukushima Power Plant were the cooling systems of the five reactors broke down, enabling to fuel rods to get hot enough to escape any containment structures and contaminate soil and releasing radioactive particles in the air. Experts say that the design of the Daya Bay Power Plant is far more advanced that the Fukushima Plant. The use of pressurized water reactor in th Daya Bay Station have greatly raised the safety standards.
Also the location of the Daya Bay station was carefully planned, after considerations on earthquakes and tsunamis. The plant vicinity experienced no earthquakes reaching a magnitude 5 level, or any earthquake activities within a radius of 220 kilometers surrounding the power plant. Experts also said the chances of A strong earthquake hitting the areas around the power plant was very slim.
Commissioned in 1994 the Daya Bay Nuclear Power Station is the second Nuclear Power Station to be built on the Chinese mainland. Generating around 30 billion kilowatts of electricity every year.