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Agency for Natural Resources and Energy Work Teams Committed to the Measures for Decommissioning and Contaminated Water Management were Finalized and will Receive a Certificate of Gratitude

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) examined work teams of main contractors and cooperating enterprises that have been committed to the measures for decommissioning and contaminated water management at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (NPS) and finalized the teams that will receive a certification of gratitude under the names of the Prime Minister, METI Minister and METI State Minister (Director-General of the Local Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters).

The Ceremony of Outstanding Contribution Award for Field Worker will be held during the International Forum on the Decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station on Sunday, April 10, 2016, at Spa Resort Hawaiians in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture.

1. Purpose of presenting a certificate of gratitude

The decommissioning of Fukushima Daiichi NPS is a globally unprecedented challenge involving many difficulties, and is expected to take 30 to 40 years to complete. The effort has been undertaken by operators committed to the measures for decommissioning and contaminated water management at the NPS. To show respect to them and enhance public awareness of their outstanding achievements, Japan will recognize the work teams of the main contractors and cooperating enterprises for their brave confrontations against difficult challenges and outstanding achievements, and will present them with a certificate of gratitude under the names of the Prime Minister, METI Minister and METI State Minister (Director-General of the Local Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters).

2. Recipients of a certificate of gratitude

An examination committee of outside experts examined work teams that have been sorted under the selection criteria, and based on the results, finalized the recipients of a certificate of gratitude, namely one team to receive a certificate from the Prime Minister, one to receive a certificate from the METI Minister, and two to receive a certificate from the METI State Minister (Director-General of the Local Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters).

Recipient of the certificate from the Prime Minister

Title of project:
Closing the inside of seawater pipe trenches of 1F, Units 2 and 3
Closing the inside of seawater pipe trenches of 1F, Unit 4
Work team members:
TEPCO Fukushima Civil Engineering Work Office, Kajima Corporation
TEPCO Fukushima Civil Engineering Work Office, Kajima Renovate Corporation

Recipient of the certificate from the METI Minister

Title of project:
Development of technologies for studying the inside of reactor containment vessels
Work team members:
Team for Studying the Inside of PCV of Unit 1, Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd.
Team for 1F Civil Engineering Work, Nemoto Koki Corporation
Kitaibaraki Office, Kimura Kanko Corporation

Recipient of the certificate from the METI State Minister (Director-General of the Local Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters)

Title of project:
Covering the marine soil in the 1F inner harbor
Work team members:
Joint ventures of Penta-Ocean Construction Co. Ltd. and Toa Corporation
Fukushima Branch Office, Penta-Ocean Designing Co. Ltd.
Tokyo Office, Daishin Group

Recipient of the certificate from the METI State Minister (Director-General of the Local Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters)

Title of project:
Foundation work of H1, H2 area tanks in F1, Units 1-4 & related removal work
Work team members:
TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Civil Engineering Work Office, Taisei Corporation
TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Measures Branch Office, Toyo Union Corporation
TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Work Office, Takahashi Construction Co. Ltd.

Note: For achievements of the teams and outline of the work, see the Appendix.

Selection criteria

METI selected work teams of cooperating enterprises, which have engaged in very difficult civil engineering work in the process of completing the steps set in the Mid-and-Long-Term Roadmap, if they meet the criteria of being work teams of cooperating enterprises:

  1. having devised work and achieved excellent results far beyond the planned results;
  2. having contributed to the safety of operations in particular;
  3. having endeavored to foster human resources in particular; or
    having achieved outstanding contribution to advancing the measures for decommissioning and contaminated water.

3. Future schedule

The commendation ceremony will be held during the International Forum on the Decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station on Sunday, April 10, 2016, at Spa Resort Hawaiians in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture.

Appendix

Release date

March 31, 2016

Division in Charge

Nuclear Energy Policy Planning Division, Electricity and Gas Industry Department & Nuclear Accident Response Office, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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