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Friday, 10 July 2015

Sellafield workers join Fukushima clean-up operation

Sellafield workers are helping clean up the destroyed ‪#‎Fukushima‬ nuclear plant A group of Sellafield Ltd workers have spent five days at the tsunami-stricken Fukushima plant in Japan, which is in the process of "being decommissioned" after being devastated in 2011.
The trip is part of Sellafield Ltd’s ongoing commitment to support Tepco FDEC (Fukushima Daiichi Decontamination and Decommissioning Engineering Company), the company charged with the task of cleaning up the site.
During the most recent visit, Sellafield Ltd experts toured the facility and surrounding area, seeing first hand a decontamination effort of unprecedented scale, while providing advice and technical expertise on environmental management and radiation protection.
This was a follow-up to a successful trip to west Cumbria last year by their Japanese counterparts, who are already implementing some of the environmental practices used at the Sellafield site.
Members of the leadership team, including the recently appointed Managing Director, Paul Foster, also toured the plant to see the progress being made and provide a more long-term, strategic insight into decommissioning programme.
“My first impression of Fukushima was something I will never forget,” said Mr Foster.
“We’ve probably all seen the news footage of the reactor buildings which were severely damaged by the explosions, but to actually be there and see it first hand was a humbling experience.
“We’re keen to help them as much as we can and the fact that they are so keen to access the skills and expertise that exists in west Cumbria is something of which I am extremely proud.”
Although there is much more work to be done, the progress at Fukushima to date indicates that the benefits of the arrangement are already being realised, with experts from west Cumbria actively contributing to the clean-up.
Mr Foster added: “During the visit we shared our approach to managing large, complex programmes as well as some of our technical and tactical issues. They want to learn from us and, in time, we will learn much from them."
“Seeing the sheer scale of the task at Fukushima highlights why we must continue to share experience and technical expertise amongst the global nuclear family, and this now resonates with me more strongly than ever.
“This was always the intention of the agreement and the benefits already emerging prove that it is happening in reality, making us both better equipped to deliver our respective missions.”
This mutual commitment between Sellafield Ltd and Tepco FDEC was formalised in a co-operation agreement, signed by the two companies in 2014, which would see them exchange knowledge, experience and skills on an on-going basis to ultimately help "decommission both plants as quickly and safely as possible." 

Source: News and Star

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