AREVA and the Events of Fukushima
Emergency Aid and Relief Supply
Immediately following the March 11, 2011 natural disaster and Fukushima nuclear power plant accident, AREVA decided to make a one million euro donation to the Japanese Red Cross for crucial humanitarian aide.
AREVA was able to rapidly gather and deliver to Japan key equipment from its facilities worldwide, providing support through assistance to emergency workers and personnel working near the Fukushima nuclear power plant and to its customer TEPCO.
In particular, AREVA chartered two planes that delivered critical radiation monitoring and protection equipment to Japan. Along with the aid of French companies including EDF, this multi-partner initiative provided protective and radioactivity measurement equipment including : protection kits (3,000 activated charcoal protective masks, 21,000 overalls and more than 20,000 gloves), 185 tons of boric acid, in addition to portable health physics instruments, spectroscopy lab equipment, rapid deployment contamination monitors, and environmental monitoring trucks. A third airplane left with foods and survival equipments to support the rescue teams’ actions.
AREVA mobilizes for Japan
AREVA donated a specially equipped van and trailer to TEPCO for a token one euro. The same day, AREVA presented to the japanese press the process used in the water treatment plant designed by AREVA with Veolia Water. Copyright AREVA.
Facts and lessons from the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear accident
This video report explains the major steps that Japan has been through since the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. To a larger extent, it describes how these events have had an impact on the nuclear industry as a whole, and how the context has changed but not the fundamentals. This video presents the facts, lessons learned, decisions and solutions for a safer nuclear industry following March, 11th, 2011.
Immediate Technical Support from AREVA Experts
AREVA also provided strong technical support to the Japanese utilities through the immediate organization of expert teams and mobilisation of nearly 200 people around the clock.
As soon as March 17th, an AREVA radiation protection expert from the MELOX facility left for Japan, followed by 20 high-ranking specialists who were dispatched to Japan within one week to help in their respective areas of expertise (decontamination of water/effluents, radiation protection used fuel, used fuel pools management, etc…). This included experts in nuclear measurement who rapidly developed and deployed two types of food monitoring systems that were customized to for the immediate needs in Japan.
Accelerated Development of a Customized Water Treatment System
Following a request from TEPCO, AREVA proposed a solution to treat most of the contaminated water at the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant. Backed by a network of support teams in France, Germany and the United States, AREVA’s experts on the ground in Japan proposed a solution based on the concept of co-precipitation within 10 days.
Developed by AREVA and implemented in partnership with Veolia Water in less than 10 weeks, the process uses special chemical reagents to separate and recover the radioactive elements. The operating facility has been successful in treating more than 77,000 cubic meters of highly radioactive water thanks to the large-capacity of the treatment plant.
AREVA Remains Engaged in Japan
With an international network of innovative, experienced teams, AREVA is actively involved with Japanese partners to develop responses for the ongoing challenges in the country. Teams are currently working to propose tailored solutions to TEPCO and the Japanese authorities.
AREVA has unique expertise in complex site remediation that can support the Fukushima site decommissioning, including concrete customer and operating experience in radioactive waste management processing and conditioning, waste management strategy and R&D, underwater camera and robotics systems, on-site storage casks, used-fuel removal and treatment.
AREVA is mobilizing its forces to provide support to Japan (french only)
AREVA chartered an Antonov 225 which took off from Châteauroux airport (Indre, France) carrying emergency supplies for Japan. It is scheduled to arrive in northeast Japan on Friday.
AREVA is also able to provide assistance for off-site remediation, the development of innovative green technologies for soil remediation, and for the needs of on-site and off-site decontamination. With years of similar work in France, around Chernobyl, and Three-Mile Island, AREA has unique expertise in radiation mapping and analysis, water treatment, and clean-up work related to decontamination and decommissioning.
Continuing to assure the highest level of safety
AREVA has implemented an immediate and transversal initiative to realign some items with in the commercial portfolio to be more responsive to the emergent needs of the nuclear industry. Known as the "Safety Alliance framework," it provides a structure for analyzing safety issues after Fukushima and assembling the solutions needed to address them. To meet this objective, AREVA has deployed a catalogue of Safety Alliance products and solutions to help utilities to prepare, preserve, and protect now and for years to come.
AREVA activities in Japan
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