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Atkins wins role at Fukushima

Atkins is to carry out fire hazard analysis at the tsunami-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station in Japan. 

The consultancy was awarded a contract by the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) to work at the plant, which suffered a partial meltdown after it was hit by a tsunami in 2011.

Atkins will prepare a report for the site following a thorough review of plant documentation and a series of on-site inspections.

The report will identify fire hazards; determine consequences in relation to site nuclear safety goals and radioactivity release to the environment; and provide recommendations for fire prevention, detection, suppression and containment.  

Atkins North America nuclear business president Robert Frost said: “We have built an excellent relationship with Tepco in applying our expertise across the entire lifecycle of nuclear power stations to assure the safe condition of their nuclear fleet.

“We work in a number of different regulatory environments in the UK, United Arab Emirates, and North America, and it’s a great opportunity to bring the best of this experience to our work with Tepco.”

Tepco FDEC - Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima Daiichi Decontamination & Decommissioning Engineering Company - was created in April 2014 to focus solely on decommissioning and contaminated water at the plant.

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