Sellafield welcomed this week some of their colleagues from TEPCO - the company in charge of decommissioning the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear site in Japan.

The visitors had a tour of the new Whitehaven robotics facility – RAICo1 – which opens later this year to see the work Sellafield are doing with robots at long range (called LongOps) to decommission their nuclear facilities.

Chris Hope, Decommissioning Technical Manager, Sellafield Ltd said:

“We have hundreds of facilities that will need to be decommissioned in the future.  We’re already working closely with the UK Atomic Energy Authority to ensure this type of work can be used at Sellafield and other facilities across the UK.

“It’s clear there are synergies with work elsewhere too, such as Fukushima-Daiichi.

“Our new facility includes a demonstration area for LongOps which will help us fully explore its potential long before it gets onto a nuclear site.

“We’re able to share skills and learning with our visitors from TEPCO.”