Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), has signed an agreement to acquire robots that can withstand the critically high radiation levels in the Fukushima Daiichi reactor containment vessels with the Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) of France. CEA, a government-funded organization, is experienced with decommissioning nuclear reactor facilities and reprocessing facilities.
In order to lower radiation levels as much as possible, TEPCO will focus on decontaminating local areas around the reactor containment vessels before they will attempt to locate the melted nuclear fuel that escaped from the reactor pressure vessels.
As a part of the agreement, TEPCO will provide data related to the decommissioning process to CAE, CEA will work in partnership with TEPCO to train workers and develop specialized robots that will not be overcome by the high radiation levels found inside of the reactor buildings.
In 2014, TEPCO signed an agreement with Sellafield of Great Britain to process the contaminated water building up at the Fukushima Daiichi plant site.