Nuclear and hazardous waste management company Kurion has been awarded a contract by Tokyo Electric Power Company for a second Kurion Mobile Processing System for deployment at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant site.
The first system started operating at the site in early October 2014 and has exceeded its performance targets during this period, Kurion says.
The second system, identical to the first, arrived in Japan last week.
The Kurion Mobile Processing System is a first-of-its-kind, at-tank mobile isotope removal system designed to help TEPCO reduce strontium from the hundreds of tanks on-site that contain approximately 400,000 metric tons of water, a volume that is expanding at 400 tons per day.
Since beginning operations in October, the first Kurion Mobile Processing System has processed more than 11,000 metric tons of water. During this time, the system removed better than 99.95 percent of the strontium from the water, surpassing decontamination targets.
The second Mobile Processing System will also remove strontium and is intended to help TEPCO accelerate treatment of the water at the site. The system will begin commissioning this week at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant site and is expected to begin operations in mid-January 2015.
Earlier this year, the UK’s National Nuclear Laboratory launched a joint project with Kurion to deploy a full-scale In-Container Vitrification plant based on Kurion’s GeoMelt technology at NNL’s flagship Central Laboratory on the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing site. Kurion says the plant can serve as a model for treatment of nuclear and hazardous waste across Europe.