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2012-03-16
Fortum helping out at Fukushima

Fortum will be the key ion exchange media supplier to EnergySolutions, the technology provider responsible for coordinating a project to decontaminate water at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant hit by last year’s tsunami. Large volumes of radioactive liquids were generated during efforts to stabilise the damaged reactors there.

Fortum will supply thousands of kilos of its ion exchange materials for the radioactive liquid purification process under the new contract, which follows deliveries of smaller commercial deliveries and test batches to the site since spring 2011.

EnergySolutions will utilise a range of technology, including its Advanced Liquid Processing System (ALPS™), as part of the project, which is being managed by Toshiba on behalf of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the plant’s owner. EnergySolutions will also provide treatment and packaging for secondary waste resulting from the water decontamination process.

Fortum has over 20 years of experience in treating waste containing radioactive contaminants. Developed and registered by Fortum, CsTreat®, SrTreat®, and CoTreat® are highly selective ion exchange media and are included in NURES®, a solution designed to remove caesium, strontium, and cobalt from large volumes of difficult-to-treat liquids.

Very small amounts of these media are needed compared to the volume of liquid to be purified, and result in output free of any harmful substances that can be released into waterways – significantly reducing the need for intermediate and final disposal repository space for radioactive liquids.

Fortum’s Loviisa nuclear power plant features two 488 MW pressurised water reactors and generates 8 TWh of electricity annually for Finland’s national grid. Loviisa ranks among the world’s best nuclear plants in terms of availability. Photo courtesy of Fortum.

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