US Sending World's Biggest Concrete Pump to Japan
Same pump manufacturer that worked on Chernobyl disaster
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2011 12:50 PM CDT
   (Putzmeister website)

(Newser) – The world's largest concrete pump—a 190,000-pound machine with a 230-foot boom called the "Putzmeister 70Z"—is being sent to Japan to help the troubled Fukushima reactors, reports the Augusta Chronicle. "There are only three of these pumps in the world, of which two are suited for this work, so we have to get it there as soon as we can," said the owner of the Georgia-based concrete company. "Time is very much a factor." The pump will pump water at first, but later will be used to move concrete to entomb the nuclear material, as was done in Chernobyl.

The pump's huge boom can be operated remotely, making it useful for the highly radioactive site. The crane is so big it needs to fly on the world's biggest cargo plane, the Russian-built Antonov 225, and requires special permits. Along with the American pump,a 190-foot pump is being sent from Vietnam and two 203-foot pumps are going from Germany. None of the pumps can be returned because all will be too contaminated by radiation.

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JimW
Apr 2, 2011 12:49 AM CDT
So much for safe and cheap. This is the death knell for nuke power. Just as well, we can do it with solar. Plenty of desert everywhere, may as well make use of it. Yeah, me too, I would like to see that carrier take off with that load. I bet it grunts....
TiredMemeCat
Apr 1, 2011 6:12 PM CDT
Misleading headline: this is actually a German company with a US division. Ironically, there is a second German cement pumping company with a funny name as well: Schwing.
Spudsy
Apr 1, 2011 3:34 PM CDT
I'm such a nerd. I want to get down to Atlanta to see "the world's biggest cargo plane, the Russian-built Antonov 225" land and take off. Must be quite a sight to see something like that fly.