The National Nuclear Laboratory has managed to broker a deal which could see the development of a specialist product for helping clean-up the Sellafield being exported to Japan.
The NNL that has facilities on the site of Sellafield and in Workington is currently working with Rawwater Engineering Company for adapting a specialist alloy seal that is being used in the sector of oil and gas, for the possible use at Sellafield.
Molten Metal Manipulation technology (M3) of Rawwater is able to seal both the large opens as well as the micron sized cracks or the pores for preventing fluid leakage, both in air as well as underwater. It can assist in stabilizing the structures and providing long-term sealing of radioactives.
Trails in simulated applications of Sellafield are producing highly encouraging results, the NNL said.
Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), a major energy operator in Japan, is now exploring the potential for using M3 throughout its nuclear power plants, after the NNL managed to broker the deal between itself and the Cheshire-based Rawwater.
NNL is currently monitoring the project of M3 project and shall also be producing reports for TEPCO, that shall include the results from demonstrates which are undertaken at its Workington facility.
Kat Lennox, the NNL’s International account director said that were very eager to continue working with TEPCO as well as Rawwater as they were exploring the maximum potential of this extremely promising technology.
Rawwater has moved into the nuclear sector via the Game Changers programme of Sellafield Limited that helps in the identification as well as development technologies which may be deployed at the site of Sellafield for aiding the ongoing effort for decommissioning.