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Opening of decommissioning facility

October 20, 2015

 

Fukushima decommissioning research facility opens

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151020_22.html

 

Oct. 20, 2015 - Updated 07:15 UTC+2

A research facility that will aid the process of decommissioning the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has partially opened in the town of Naraha, near where the plant is located.

The Japan Atomic Energy Agency is building a complex in the Fukushima Prefecture town at a cost of some 84 million dollars.

The technology developed by the engineers will be used to control robots and confirm procedures are followed in areas where the radiation levels are too high for humans to enter.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Naraha Mayor Yukiei Matsumoto and some 100 others attended the opening ceremony for one of the 2 major buildings in the complex on Monday.

With the aid of special equipment and glasses, visitors were able to see a three-dimensional image of the inside of a building housing a nuclear reactor.

The visitors were shown where remote-controlled robots essential for the decommissioning work will be developed. Researchers will test the robots' ability to negotiate debris fields by using pieces of wood to create uneven surfaces in the lab.

JAEA President Toshio Kodama said he hopes to make use of know-how from across Japan and around the world to develop high-quality and low-cost decommissioning technology so that Fukushima can recover as quickly as possible.

A full-scale model of part of the troubled reactor vessel at the plant will be built inside a test building that is to go into full operation next April.

 

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