Sellafield Ltd and the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) will continue to work together following the re-signing of a partnership agreement.
The two companies are committed to sharing knowledge, experience and best practices in nuclear site management, environmental monitoring, radiation protection and project delivery.
Sellafield Ltd has a longstanding relationship with the Japanese utility company, specifically the Fukushima Daiichi Decontamination and Decommissioning Engineering Company (FDEC) following the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant following the major earthquake in Eastern Japan in 2011.
In 2014, a first 5-year cooperation agreement was signed by the 2 organizations.
Both parties benefited from the agreement, which was extended for another 5 years in 2019, but the official signing was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The agreement demonstrates the value to the international nuclear community of decades of experience built on the UK’s most complex nuclear site.
During their time at Sellafield, representatives from Fukushima Daiichi witnessed the progress being made at the Magnox Swarf Storage Silo (MSSS) and the Pile Fuel Cladding Silo (PFCS) and visited our Engineering Center of Excellence in Cleator Moor, West Cumbria.
The delegation was particularly interested in seeing how waste from the silos is collected, packed and managed, as this parallels their own project to collect fuel residues in Japan.
Akira Ono, chief commissioning officer at Fukushima Daiichi, said:
I would like to express my gratitude for Sellafield Ltd’s support for the decommissioning of Fukushima Daiichi which has provided us with many learning opportunities and experiences.
It is fruitful to see the progress of decommissioning and the wide variety of technologies to enable decommissioning.
Martin Chown, chief executive officer of Sellafield Ltd said:
The cooperation agreement is very important to us. TEPCO is a strong partner and we are happy to share our experiences.
I am pleased that Ono-san was able to visit Sellafield and witness requisitions at MSSS, a real step forward in reducing risk at the site. We have a lot in common and we continue to have open and useful discussions.