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Sellafield Ltd and the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) will continue to work together following the re-signing of a cooperation agreement.

The 2 companies are committed to sharing their knowledge, experience and best practices in nuclear site management, environmental monitoring, radiation protection and project implementation.

Sellafield Ltd has a long-standing relationship with the Japanese utility company, particularly its Fukushima Daiichi Decontamination and Decommissioning Engineering Company (FDEC) following the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant following the Great Earthquake of land in eastern Japan in 2011.

A first 5-year cooperation agreement was signed between the 2 organizations in 2014.

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 and being built on the UK’s most complex nuclear site.

While at Sellafield, Fukushima Daiichi representatives witnessed progress being made at the Magnox Chip Storage Silo (MSSS) and Fuel Cell Cladding Silo (PFCS) and toured our Engineering Center of Excellence at Cleator Moor, West Cumbria.

The delegation was particularly interested in seeing how waste from silos is recovered, packaged and managed, as this has parallels with their own fuel debris recovery project in Japan.

Akira Ono, commissioning manager at Fukushima Daiichi, said:

I would like to express my gratitude for the support of Sellafield Ltd in the dismantling of Fukushima Daiichi which provided us with many learning opportunities and experiences.

It is fruitful to see the progress of dismantling and the wide variety of technologies enabling dismantling.

Martin Chown, CEO 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’m glad Ono-san was able to visit Sellafield and witness recoveries at the MSSS, a real step forward in reducing risk at the site. We have a lot in common and we continue to have open and beneficial discussions.

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