Nuclear Decommissioning: Strategic Partnerships

Jan. 16, 2017 12:00 - 14:00


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A BCCJ event in association with the British Embassy's Department for International Trade (DIT)

For over sixty years, the UK and Japan have worked together supporting each other’s nuclear programmes.

The Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami on 11th March 2011 caused the most serious nuclear accident in Japanese history. Four of the six reactors at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, operated by the Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. (TEPCO) were seriously damaged and there were three hydrogen explosions.

TEPCO as an organisation suddenly transformed from nuclear power plant operators to managing a nuclear emergency. As the emergency turned into recovery it became an opportunity for TEPCO and Sellafield to share relevant experiences. The Sellafield site has been a nuclear facility for over 60 years. Both sites had many common challenges, such as radiation protection, environmental monitoring, waste management and stakeholder engagement.

In May 2014, facilitated through the Embassy in Tokyo, a Cooperation Statement was signed, followed by a Cooperation Agreement in September 2014, and most recently, a Memorandum of Cooperation on 22 December 2016 to further strengthen cooperation between the UK and Japan across a full range of civil nuclear activities.

The partnership between Sellafield and TEPCO, both managing decommissioning sites with huge complexities and uncertainties, ensures direct and effective knowledge-sharing at various levels from senior management to operational areas.

UK and Japanese Government agencies regularly visit each other’s sites to assess best practice. The partnership, intended to last for many years and therefore deliver a wide range of sustainable opportunities, has already created opportunities for UK and Japanese companies to develop relationships, in some cases leading to commercial contracts.

Join us for lunch at the Shangri La Hotel Tokyo and hear directly from Roger Cowton, Head of External Affairs at Sellafield, and Masayuki Yamamoto of the Nuclear International Relations and Strategy Group at TEPCO, about how effective sharing of hands-on experience at various levels from senior management to operational areas has led to a deeper understanding of the approaches used by both companies bringing practical, technical and commercial benefits. They will be joined by Dr Keith Franklin, from the UK’s National Nuclear Laboratory who has been working at the British Embassy in Tokyo since 2011.

The panel discussion, to be followed by a Q&A session, will be moderated by the Financial Times’ Leo Lewis whose journalism career focussing on economics and Asia spans nearly 15 years. The event will, as always, allow plenty of time for networking between participants and panelists.



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Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo 27F Pavilion
Marunouchi Trust Tower Main Bldg 1-8-3 Marunouchi Chiyoda-ku Tokyo

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Member Cost: ¥6,000

Non-Members Cost: ¥8,000