EnergySolutions tech selected for clean-up of contaminated water at Fukushima

Source: EnergySolution

EnergySolutions (NYSE: ES) has been selected by Toshiba Corporation (Toshiba) as the technology provider for the clean-up of the large volume of radioactively contaminated water at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Toshiba has previously been selected as a preferred bidder for the work by Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the owner of the plant, and EnergySolutions will now support Toshiba in designing and installing the system to decontaminate the water down to levels satisfying the strict safety limits announced by the Japanese Government, which represent a world-leading standard of clean-up. 

"We are honored to have been chosen to work alongside Toshiba and TEPCO in tackling this complex problem on behalf of the Japanese people," said Val Christensen, President and CEO, EnergySolutions. "It is an unprecedented challenge but we are confident that, by applying our proven technology and decades of waste experience, we can deliver the uniquely high levels of clean-up demanded and take the site a step closer to its ultimate remediation." 

The water that is to be treated has been utilized in TEPCO's ongoing focus on stabilizing the plant and treatment of the cooling water to date has centered on sufficient decontamination to allow its continued use as a coolant for the reactors. TEPCO has now committed to significantly lower the level of radioactive material in the treated water and EnergySolutions will utilize its world-leading technology, including the Advanced Liquid Processing System (ALPS™), to support Toshiba in removing the wide range of radionuclides present, in addition to the cesium which has been removed to date. The team will also provide the treatment and packaging of secondary wastes resulting from the water decontamination process.

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