Japan will solicit proposals from both domestic and overseas nuclear experts and firms on how best to scrap the ruined reactors at Tokyo Electric Power Co’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, officials said Thursday.
The International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning will publicly seek ideas as early as this month, an institute official said.
While it is not presently putting the entire decommissioning process out to tender, the body’s move will be welcomed by the international community, which has long called for Japan to make better use of available expertise around the globe.
The institute, formed by nuclear-related firms and government-backed bodies in August to dismantle the crippled reactors, will screen decommissioning proposals and take the results to the government, the official said.
“We will set up a website in both Japanese and English to notify interested parties at home and abroad of our calls for decommissioning ideas so that we can offer more useful and practical proposals to the government,” the official said.