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Amec Foster Wheeler wins Japanese nuclear waste management project

Consultancy and engineering giant Amec Foster Wheeler has been chosen to carry out a study in Fukushima, the Japanese prefecture struck by nuclear disaster in 2011.

The North West-based firm was appointed by Japan’s Nuclear Damage Compensation and Decommissioning Facilitation Corporation (NDF) to help develop a long-term plan to manage radioactive waste at the Fukushima Daiichi power station, which went into meltdown four years ago following an earthquake and tsunami.

The president of Amec Foster Wheeler’s Clean Energy business, Clive White, said: “Our work will make both a significant contribution to the Fukushima remediation programme and will also form the basis for further initiatives to adapt waste management tools to the specific requirements and conditions at Fukushima.

“We will bring to this work our world-class nuclear decommissioning expertise, which includes a thorough understanding of how to deal with radioactive waste so that the health of the public and site workers is protected.”

Amec Foster Wheeler’s review will be delivered by a project team with experience in providing similar services to the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority at Sellafield, Cumbria, as well as projects in Europe and the US.

The managing director of the NDF, Kazuyuki Kato, commented: “It is an important development that Amec Foster Wheeler, one of the UK’s leading organisations for waste management, has joined those who are supporting the restoration of Fukushima Daiichi.”

Amec Foster Wheeler has 1,200 employees at its sites in Birchwood and Knutsford, Cheshire, and 250 at its Sellafield and Barrow facilities in Cumbria.

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