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November 3, 2013

Those Pesky Reactors

You scrimp and save and sweat and worry while raising a young reactor and this is what happens.
Tehran did its utmost to conceal the mystery blast which last week struck the heavy water reactor under construction at Arak in western Iran. It is revealed here for the first time by DebkaFile's intelligence and Iranian sources. The explosion, whether accidental or not, will delay for a second time the reactor’s first test with real fuel. Tehran informed the International Atomic Energy Agency in August of a previous holdup.

The cause of the blast and the extent of the damage it caused have not yet been established. According to the partial information initially reaching our sources, it occurred inside the reactor building when preparations were underway for a test scheduled for this month with artificial fuel and light water. The site of the explosion may have been the large coolant containers and the pressure gauges attached to the reactor’s core.

Iranian Atomic Council experts and intelligence agents are testing four possible causes of the explosion:

1. Sabotage.
2. A virus planted in the computers that control the systems administering the test.
3. An error in engineering calculations in the design of the coolant containers which underestimated their strength for standing up to the required level of pressure.
4. The deliberate sale to Iran of inferior steel materials that were not strong enough to withstand such pressure.
It's a shame when a young reactor goes astray.
H/T Atlas Shrugs

10 comments:

Opus #6 said...

Golly. How did that happen.

Gorges Smythe said...

Three out of four would blame others. Do you think they might be a little paranoid?

Doom said...

They... who... uhrm... ever they are... has them afraid of their own shadows. Might I suggest though... Iran should be afraid. Israel isn't going to allow another holocaust, especially not of all of her major cities. Nor will many of those who have the ability to interfere. If it takes a whole plant full meltdown, that is what it will be. Zero is on Iran's side, but he isn't as close to real power as he thinks, not quite yet. Doesn't have all the cards in the deck. Further, he is holding more jokers than he knows. While wild, they are wild for all.

Boo, ya muzzie bastards.

sig94 said...

Opus - musta been a static electricity build up in the camel harness.

sig94 said...

Gorges - just a bit? For good reason?

sig94 said...

Doom - IMHO, if Iran launches, Israel is going settle her hash. Or hummus...

Subvet said...

It could just as easily been shoddy work on the part of the Iranians. The leaders of their theocracy push a cult that discourages analytical thinking, since everything happens only if Allas wills it. This is unlike Western thinking that grew out of a belief in a God who set in place actual laws of natural science.

A while back I was corresponding with a government security contractor (Blackwater?? I dunno, he didn't say and I didn't ask.) Anyway, according to that gent people who follow the Pedophile Prophet in the MidEast will literally believe anything. You name it, they'll go for it.

So who knows what kind of "quality control" was/wasn't exercised at these sites.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Aw shucks ...

The Underground Pewster said...

I don't know how to react to that.

sig94 said...

SUbvet - there was a woman who worked in our office, a widow, who was married to a Lebanese doctor. She spoke about the Muslim culture and how pervasive that "It's Allah's will" mentality affects them.

You live in a shithole because Allah wills it. Your hospitals are cesspools because Allah likes it that way. Allah this and Allah that.

I understand that Muslims cork the butts of their dearly departed so that demons don't take control of the corpse. Those butt surfing demons really raise a lot of hell over there I guess.