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TEPCO signs pact with Sellafield

September 30, 2014

Tepco, Sellafield to compare notes on decommissioning reactors



Tokyo Electric Power Co. announced Tuesday it has agreed to share knowledge and experience on decommissioning damaged reactors with Britain’s Sellafield.

Tepco has struggled with cleaning up the tsunami-battered Fukushima No. 1 plant, especially with safely storing radioactive water used to cool the reactors.

Sellafield, in England’s far north, was the scene of a 1957 fire that resulted in a radioactive leak, and the company has since built up expertise in decommissioning nuclear reactors.

Both companies will benefit from the other’s experience in cleaning up after a serious nuclear accident, according to a Tepco spokeswoman.

“This is the first such agreement between Tepco and a foreign firm that is also engaged in decommissioning nuclear reactors,” she said. “Tepco hopes to learn as much as we can from the decades-long expertise of Sellafield.”

September 30, 2014

TEPCO signs cooperation pact with Sellafield


Sep. 30, 2014 - Updated 07:20 UTC+2

Tokyo Electric Power Company has signed an agreement with a British company aimed at gaining technical knowhow in decommissioning nuclear power reactors.

It will get input from Sellafield in decommissioning its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant damaged by the 2011 massive earthquake and tsunami. The utility is facing challenges including the buildup and leakage of contaminated water, as well as the management of working conditions of 5,700 workers per day.

Sellafield has expertise in decommissioning nuclear reactors and handling nuclear accidents.

In 1957, a fire occurred at a reactor belonging to its predecessor, resulting in the leakage of radioactive materials.

TEPCO hopes that the knowhow provided by Sellafield will help reduce the radiation exposure of its workers. It also hopes for guidance on technical aspects and personnel training related to the analyses of groundwater and seawater.

The agreement is the first of its kind signed by TEPCO with an overseas company.

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