[Collaboration in London]On the 20th, the British government announced that it would jointly research decommissioning technology for nuclear facilities in Japan and the United Kingdom. From Japan, the TEPCO Group will contribute funds, and the robot arm will be used at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. We would like to combine the knowledge of both countries and accelerate the improvement of decommissioning technology.

Akira Ono, Chief Executive Officer of TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Decommissioning Promotion Company, said in a statement, “Robots and remote control technology are one of the most important factors for the removal of molten nuclear fuel (debris).” He showed high expectations for his research.

The joint research is a four-year plan and will be carried out on a scale of 12 million pounds (about 1.7 billion yen). In addition to TEPCO, the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and others will also provide funding.