Sellafield, the Cumbria-based nuclear site, has agreed to help Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco) in its cleanup at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station which was severely damaged by the tsunami and earthquake in March 2011.
The companies signed an information-sharing agreement in a ceremony at University College London, under which they will assist each other. The ceremony was attended by Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is visiting London.
Japan’s largest power company Tepco earlier established the Tepco Fukushima Daiichi D&D Engineering Company (FDEC) to take care of the cleaning at the power station.
Sellafield has plenty of decommissioning expertise and manages nuclear waste activities on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). It is owned by a consortium of American, British and French companies known as Nuclear Management Partners.
“I believe this would be a significant event to safely and promptly implement the decommissioning and address water issues at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station,” said Naohiro Masuda, head of the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi D& D Engineering Company.
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