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Sellafield teams up with Fukushima clean-up firm

Sellafield Ltd has signed an agreement to work closely with the firm in charge of cleaning up the devastated Fukushima nuclear plant.

Tepco FDEC is working to decontaminate the site in Eastern Japan that was badly damaged by a tsunami in 2011.

Sellafield Ltd is responsible for cleaning up Europe’s most complex nuclear site, in Cumbria, where the 100th building was recently demolished.

The agreement will give Tepco access to the skills being used in the Sellafield supply chain and provide access for the UK to anticipated advancements at Fukushima over the coming years.

Sellafield Ltd managing director Tony Price said: “We have much that we can help the Japanese with initially, as they move their focus from power generation to cleaning up and decommissioning.

“But the technical expertise of the Japanese is renowned the world over, they are experts in design and manufacturing and, judging by their past performance on everything from motorcycles to nuclear reprocessing, once they start decommissioning in earnest there will be much that they can teach us.”

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