Friday, April 1, 2011

Areva support to Japan to avoid a major disaster in Fukushima

Areva, the world leader in nuclear energy sector, announced that it will assist the Japanese company Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) to avoid a major catastrophe in the Fukushima Daiichi plant. The French public assistance conglomerate announced on Tuesday, hours after the Japanese government acknowledged that the situation in Fukushima is''unpredictable''as the country was on high alert''.'' The president of Areva, Anne Lauvergeon, and five experts from the nuclear company will travel to Japan for assistance to TEPCO, which operates the nuclear plant that was affected by the earthquake and tsunami that hit the northeast of that country on 11 March.

The objective is to analyze the assistance that can be made to TEPCO in crisis management, said the group and said that experts are specialists in the decontamination of liquid coming from the plant and the management of fuel storage pools. Areva's delegation will be received tomorrow in the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and meet with TEPCO's number two said the nuclear giant, according to reports in the French newspaper Le Figaro.

The French Industry Minister, Eric Besson, announced Wednesday that Japanese nuclear company requested the support of French industries Electricité De France (EDF), Areva and Atomic Energy Commission.

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