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Japan looking for melted fuel removal technologies

December 17, 2013

Govt. seeking fuel retrieval technologies



The Japanese government on Wednesday began to publicly solicit information on technologies that can safely remove nuclear fuel debris from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant.

In 2020 or later, Japan plans to start removing the melted fuel from the 3 reactors that suffered meltdowns in the March 2011 disaster.

The removal of the fuel debris is a core part of the work to decommission the plant, which will reportedly take 30 to 40 years.

On Tuesday, the International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning, or IRID, explained the current plan to some 130 engineers and researchers at a briefing session in Tokyo.
The plan is to fill the reactor containment vessels with water to minimize workers' exposure to radiation.

Institute officials said they are seeking information on ways to examine the condition of the melted fuel inside the reactors and containment vessels, which have complicated structures. They are also asking for ideas on ways to remove the fuel by remote control.

IRID managing director Kazuhiro Suzuki said he believes there are numerous technologies in the world that can be applied to this project.

Proposals will be accepted at the IRID website through January 31st. The web address is: http://irid.or.jp/

Submission procedures are explained in both English and Japanese.


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