[A] unique collaboration between Sellafield Ltd and Japanese power company Tepco has been shortlisted for a prestigious international business award.
The British Chamber of Commerce in Japan has nominated the firm’s work together in the UK-Japan Partnership category of the British Business Awards.
England rugby supremo Eddie Jones, a former coach of the Japanese national team, is one of the judges.
Sellafield Ltd and Tepco signed a cooperation agreement in 2014 to support each other’s efforts in dealing with two of the world’s most complex nuclear clean-up challenges.
Tepco is responsible for decontaminating the tsunami-stricken Fukushima Daiichi plant.
Sellafield Ltd is in charge of a 100 year programme to decommission Europe’s most complex nuclear site.
Under the partnership, Cumbrian nuclear experts have visited Japan to provide advice and technical expertise.
In return, a number of delegations from the Far East have visited Cumbria to learn how Sellafield Ltd is tackling Europe’s most complex nuclear decommissioning challenge.
Tepco is particularly interested in discovering how Sellafield Ltd communicates with its local community.
The relationship has also helped a number of Cumbrian businesses to access the Japanese decommissioning market, including Createc, of Cockermouth and James Fisher Nuclear, of Egremont.
Sellafield Ltd chief executive Paul Foster toured Fukushima last year.
He said: “We’re keen to help as much as we can and the fact that they are so keen to access the skills and expertise that exists in Cumbria is something of which I am extremely proud.
“They want to learn from us and, in time, we will learn much from them.
“Seeing the sheer scale of the task at Fukushima highlights why we must continue to share experience and technical expertise amongst the global nuclear family, and this now resonates with me more strongly than ever.”
In its ninth year, the BCCJ’s British Business Awards celebrates excellence across industry and recognises companies that make social contributions through ethical behaviour and environmental sustainability.