Sellafield, TEPCO sign nuclear decommissioning & decontamination agreement

Sellafield Ltd. and Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) signed a cooperation statement for Sellafield to help with the clean up at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan.

The agreement is the first step in enabling formal arrangements to give both companies access to skills and information in decontaminating nuclear sites. Sellafield workers are currently decontaminating a nuclear site in Cumbria, England, while TEPCO is beginning the process of decommissioning the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

Sellafield Ltd. Managing Director Tony Price said the agreement is a major step in advancing decommissioning and decontamination projects.

“There are many similar challenges that we’ll be facing on our sites over the coming years and we can share our experiences, access to our supply chains and any advancements that come in the future,” Price said. “This will make sure we are both better equipped to deliver our respective missions.”

Naohiro Masuda, president of TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Decontamination & Decommissioning Engineering Co., said the agreement will help the company to continue its cleanup efforts.

“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 quickly.”

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