Veolia Nuclear Solutions Participates in Key Japanese Nuclear Decommissioning Forums

Leading Japanese and international nuclear industry leaders participated in the August 5th and 6th International Forum on the Decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in Iwaki City and in the August 7th U.S.-Japan Nuclear Decommissioning Forum in Tokyo.

 The “International Forum on the Decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi” was hosted by the Nuclear Damage Compensation and Decommissioning Facilitation Corporation (NDF). The first objective of this 3rd edition of the Forum was an open discussion with Fukushima Prefecture residents regarding the progress, technologies and achievements in the decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (1F). The second objective was to gather insights and expertise relative to decommissioning from around the world, especially regarding remote operations via robotics and manipulators, to ensure the timely and safe decommissioning of 1F.

The day following the 3rd International Forum, the U.S. Embassy in Japan and the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) hosted a U.S.-Japan Decommissioning Forum to share decades of U.S. decommissioning experience with nuclear plant operators across Japan.

Veolia Nuclear Solutions was represented at both events by its CEO, Mr. Charles Melcher, President for Strategic Initiatives, Mr. John Raymont, President and CEO of Kurion-Japan KK, Mr. Erwan Hinault as well as other members from its U.S., U.K. and Japanese offices.

Deepen understanding of local participants for the 1F site decommissioning

The first day of the 3rd International Forum provided information and a platform for interactive exchanges with the residents of Fukushima Prefecture. On the second day, Mr. Ono, Chief Decommissioning Officer and President of TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Decontamination and Decommissioning Engineering Company (FDEC) presented the status and challenges at the 1F site. Executives from the NDF made comprehensive presentations on remote operated technologies applied at 1F, including illustrating projects Veolia Nuclear Solutions is taking on a key role (inspection and repair manipulator for reactor #2, fuel debris retrieval investigation and debris sampling manipulator).

Leaders from the Japanese Nuclear Regulation Authority (JNRA) made presentations on the mid-term risk reduction targets and priorities, which include the retrieval, transfer and stabilization of high activity sludges produced by a water decontamination system during the first six months after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that damaged 1F.

Forums Allow Veolia Nuclear Solutions to Highlight its Capabilities

Veolia Nuclear Solutions hosted a stand at the 3rd International Forum with 3D models of its remote access manipulators for the: 1F reactor #2 torus inspection and repair, and Dounreay shaft intervention platform. Visitors showed keen interest in the Nuclear Solutions technologies and their application to the 1F decommissioning. The event was highlighted by discussions or tours of the Nuclear Solutions stand by Dr. Yamana, President of the NDF, Dr. Arai, Vice-President of the International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning (IRID), Mr. Suzuki, Vice-President of TEPCO FDEC and Mr. William Magwood, formerly with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and now Director-General Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) as well as other industry leaders.

The day following the 3rd International Forum, which focused on decommissioning of 1F, the U.S. Embassy in Japan and the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) organized a U.S.-Japan Decommissioning Forum to share U.S. decommissioning experience developed over 40-years and more than $100B of projects with existing and prospective partners and nuclear plant operators across Japan. The Forum was attended by Mr. Brouillette, U.S. DOE Deputy Secretary, Mr. Menezes, U.S. DOE Under Secretary, Ms. White, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Environmental Management of U.S. DOE, and Mr. Muto State Minister of the METI. “The U.S.-Japan Forum allowed Veolia Nuclear Solutions to affirm its leadership role in decommissioning in Japan and to strengthen our relationship with partners and customers in Japan and in the U.S.” explained Charles Melcher, Veolia Nuclear Solutions CEO.

At the forum, John Raymont moderated the panel discussion on the role of waste management and disposal in decommissioning. “These are critical issues in Japan that remain open and will take years to resolve. The opportunity to moderate the panel of U.S. and Japanese experts was a good way to showcase our depth of knowledge and leadership on these matters”, noted John Raymont, Veolia Nuclear Solutions President for Strategic Initiatives.

To know more about our technologies deployed at Fukushima:

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