Sellafield Ltd to sign historic deal with Japanese company responsible for Fukushima clean up
Sellafield Ltd Managing Director Tony Price meets Naohiro Masuda, the President of TEPCO’s new Fukushima Daiichi Decontamination and Decommissioning Engineering Company, (FDEC)
An agreement due to be signed today (Thursday) between Sellafield Ltd and TEPCO FDEC will build a working relationship between the two firms facing the world’s biggest nuclear clean-up jobs.
The agreement is the first step in enabling formal arrangements for the transfer of knowledge and experience between TEPCO and Sellafield Ltd, the company responsible for cleaning up the Europe’s most complex nuclear site, in Cumbria. It will give TEPCO access to the skills available from SMEs engaged in the Sellafield Ltd supply chain and provide access for the UK to advancements made at Fukushima over the coming years.
It is due to be signed at the Imperial College at a ceremony attended by Ed Davey, Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, who is in London this week on a state visit.
The co-operation statement was brokered by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), the government agency responsible for the clean up of the UK’s civil nuclear legacy, and owner of the Sellafield site. The NDA lead the UK’s response to the Fukushima incident, facilitating the availability of equipment and expertise from Sellafield and other UK nuclear operators.
The co-operation statement builds on that foundation by beginning to formalise a working relationship between Sellafield and the Japanese.
Sellafield Ltd Managing Director, Tony Price said: “We have much that we can help the Japanese with initially, as they move their focus from power generation to cleaning up and decommissioning.
“But the technical expertise of the Japanese is renowned the world over, they are experts in design and manufacturing and, judging by their past performance on everything from motorcycles to nuclear reprocessing –once they start decommissioning in earnest there will be much that they can teach us.
“What this co-operation statement will do is formalise a working relationship which has existed for 60 years, between the UK nuclear industry and the Japanese, and it opens up channels for us to work more closely together now and in the future.”
Naohiro Masuda, the President of TEPCO’s new Fukushima Daiichi Decontamination and Decommissioning Engineering Company, (FDEC), said: “It has been a great honour for me to visit Sellafield and to sign this agreement between our companies.
“We are now three years into the decommissioning of Fukushima Daiichi, and while we have made good progress our biggest challenge has been in shifting the mindset from power generation to decommissioning – working with Sellafield Ltd, who are several years ahead of us in terms of decommissioning, will help us to move forward more quickly.”
For more information see the full press release.
Source: Sellafield Sites