15 nuclear reactors at grave risk in Ukraine, with update

Source: Energoatom

Update, November 13:

A company in South Africa is now refusing to send more coal to Ukraine. A shipment of 500,000 tons of coal was delivered to Ukraine already, but 1 million tons was ordered. Ukraine is now attempting to find another company to supply coal, but so far, there has been no deal.

Source:http://www.uacrisis.com/sar-refuses-to-deliver-more-coal-to-ukraine/

Update, September 7, 2014:

The Kiev regime is buying 1 million tons of coal from South Africa due to the coal shortage in Ukraine. Prime Minister Yatsenyuk said on September 3 that the first ship was being loaded. [1]

 

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August 25, 2014

This site has a map of where the reactors are in Ukraine. Those reactors are all across the country.
http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/Country-Profiles/Countries-T-Z/Ukraine/

Coal supplies 40% of the power in Ukraine. On Aug. 19, ZeroHedge reported that Ukraine had less than 3 weeks of coal left because of the US-backed war against the Ukrainian people.

Now, the supply is down to less than 2 weeks.

50% of coal mines are closed due to the war. Coal production is way down. Supply roads have been destroyed.
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-08-19/ukraine%E2%80%99s-next-crisis-economic-disaster

Why is that important?

Nuclear reactors rely on grid power to keep reactor cores and fuel rods cool.

If the electric grid goes down, reactors have to rely on generators.

From nuclear expert Arne Gundersen:

the most likely type of a nuclear accident is caused by a loss of offsite power.  That is what happened at Fukushima:  the power system AROUND the plant broke down.  If that happens, not only will the plant not have power, but the street lights won’t work.  According to the [Nuclear Regulatory Commission], the street lights DO work.  Not only that, but your home lighting won’t work and your radio and TV won’t work.  But according to the NRC, you will be able to contact the outside world by phones or by radio or by television.   …remember the most likely cause of a nuclear accident is loss of offsite power and that has NEVER been part of an emergency plan, assuming that all of that does not work.

http://fairewinds.com/content/white-house-nrc-recommend-50-mile-fukushima-evacuation-yet-insist-us-safe-only-10

If there are brownouts or blackouts, will backup generators function and keep functioning to keep the reactor cores and fuel rods cool?

Generators aren’t maintained, and they break, like at Fukushima. They’re not built to do the work required. They must come on full power immediately and last for days, weeks, or months until grid power is restored. If generators do miraculously work, how will they be fueled until coal production resumes if roads are impassable? How will coal production resume if miners are fighting against Kiev militias, have evacuated, or have been killed?

Greg Palast writes:

A page from the notebook of an Emergency Diesel Generator expert, R.D. Jacobs, hired to monitor a test for a nuclear reactor’s back-up cooling system.

This is to record that on my last visit,….I pressed [a company executive] saying that we just did not know what the axial vibration of the crankshaft was doing to the [diesel] units. I was unable to impress him sufficiently.

The diesels were “tested” by turning them on for a few minutes at low power. They worked find. But R.D., a straight shooter, suspected problems. He wanted the motors opened and inspected. He was told by power company management to go to hell.

When we forced the plant builder [in Suffolk County, New York] to test the three Emergency Diesel Generators in emergency conditions, one failed almost immediately (the crankshaft snapped, as R.D.[Jacobs} predicted), then the second, then the third. We named the three diesels “Snap, Crackle, and Pop.”

…I knew that all these diesels were basically designed, or even taken from, cruise ship engine rooms or old locomotives. . I’m not an engineer, but I suspect a motor designed for a leisurely float n Bermuda is not fit for a life-and-death scramble. So, I asked [an industry insider], “They really can’t work at all, the diesels, can they?”

That’s when he introduced me to the phrase “crash start.”

On a ship, he explained, you would take half an hour to warm up the bearings, and then slowly build up to “critical” crankshaft speed, and only then add the “load.” the propeller…

That’s for sailing. But in a nuclear emergency, “the diesels have to go from stationary to taking a full load in less than ten seconds.”

Worse, to avoid having to buy additional diesels, the nuclear operators turbo-charge them, revving them to 4,000 horsepower in ten seconds when they are designed for half that output.

The result: snap, crackle, pop.

I learned that, at Fukushima, at least two of the diesels failed before the tsunami hit. What destroyed those diesels was turning them on. In other words, the diesels are junk, are crap, are not capable of getting up to full power in seconds, then run continuously for days….

”So, you saying emergency diesels can’t work in an emergency?”

“Actually, they’re just not designed for it.”

from Vulture’s Picnic, “Fukushima Texas” p. 294-297

Fukushima’s ongoing radiation is massively contaminating the air and ocean. See ENE News (www.enenews.com) for up-to-date information on that catastrophe. That radiation circles the world constantly. That’s from four explosions and three reactors that melted down and melted through.

Think Fukushima X 5.

Think Chernobyl X 15.

Even greedy and immoral oligarchs and American corporations, racist ultra-right Nazi thugs, and war-lusting Americans, cannot be that stupid or insane, can they?

This would doom life on earth. What planet are they planning to escape to in the event of such a disaster?

Get the word out now. Tell public officials: stop this foolish, immoral, and murderous American adventure now.

All of our lives are at stake.

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[1]

http://www.bdlive.co.za/world/europe/2014/09/03/ukraine-to-buy-1-million-tonnes-of-coal-from-sa
Ukraine to buy 1-million tonnes of coal from SA

Note: there is so much false information in this story, it is hopeful that the coal shipment is true and will get to Ukraine in time.