UK company Oxford Technologies increases its role in Fukushima cleanup

Concept for deployment of Oxford Technologies Ltd remote handling ‘Boom’ technology into Fukushima Daiichi
Concept for deployment of Oxford Technologies remote handling ‘Boom’ technology into Fukushima Daiichi

Oxford Technologies and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) have agreed a corporate relationship for the development of remotely operated handling technology at the Fukushima Daiichi Pressure Containment Vessel.

This new agreement, which follows the successful completion of previous investigative studies by Oxford Technologies, is in addition to three contracts recently awarded to the Abingdon-based firm by MHI, to improve key design details and undertake development work and trials on investigative and other devices.

Early concept designs for the devices being developed for a side-access approach to the fuel debris retrieval projects were presented by MHI, at the International Conference on Nuclear Engineering, which was held in Charlotte, North Carolina, in June.

Mark Sharpe, Business Manager for Japan at Oxford Technologies, commented; “We are delighted to be strengthening our collaborative ties with MHI and are working closely with them to develop solutions across all aspects of the investigative and the fuel debris retrieval projects.”

“Oxford Technologies is anticipating the possibility of undertaking further work in the coming year, to support the proposed solutions, with the objective of commencing the detailed design and build phases.”