The construction of such facilities is required under the new, tougher safety guidelines that took effect in July.
The new facilities at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant include filtered vents. The vents are designed to reduce pressure inside reactor containment vessels in emergencies while limiting emissions of radioactive materials.
On Wednesday, media representatives viewed work under way to build concrete walls around the vent systems.
A new reservoir capable of storing 20,000 tons of water has already been completed. The reservoir is capable of supplying water for 2 weeks, combined with existing facilities, if reactors or spent fuel storage pools need to be cooled down in an emergency.
TEPCO has applied for safety screenings for 2 of the reactors at the plant, a necessary step before restarting them under the new guidelines.
TEPCO officials say all new facilities will be completed by March. They say they hope to work with local governments to draw up evacuation plans for nearby residents.
Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant shown to reporters
Tokyo Electric Power Company has invited the media to have a look at work under way on facilities at a plant in Niigata Prefecture that will allow the utility to deal with an emergency.Published on Thursday, 03 October 2013