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“Robot arm” under development in the UK to extract molten nuclear fuel from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (provided by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning)

TEPCO and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry announced on the 24th that they will postpone the removal work of molten nuclear fuel (debris) scheduled to start in 2021 at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Unit 2. The cause is that equipment development in the UK has been delayed due to the influence of the new corona. “We will work to keep the delay to about one year.”

Akira Ono, Chief Executive Officer of TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Decommissioning Promotion Company, denied that “the entire process will not be delayed” regarding the impact on the decommissioning completion time targeting 41-51.

According to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the operation of the robot arm used for removal was confirmed in the UK, and it was planned to be shipped to Japan in January next year, but it is difficult due to the influence of the new corona.