GE sends nuclear engineers to Japan: report

Fri Mar 18, 2011 7:10am GMT

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(Reuters) - General Electric has sent nuclear engineers to a Japanese emergency response center where they are working with Tokyo Electric Power Co to prevent a meltdown at the stricken nuclear power plant, a company spokesman told the Wall Street Journal.

GE designs nuclear reactors, including all six at the Fukushima Daiichi plant at the center of Japan's nuclear crisis.

GE said it has tapped a network of more than 1,000 current and retired engineers. The company is working through its venture with Hitachi and has been directly advising the Japanese and U.S. governments, the paper said.

"The difficulty at this point is that a lot of the data coming in is conflicting at times," James Klapproth, a chief engineer at GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Inc told the paper.

GE was not available for comment.

(Reporting by Sakthi Prasad in Bangalore; Editing by Dan Lalor)

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