Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has selected US-based engineering company Jacobs to support the decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan.

In March 2011, an earthquake and tsunami led to a severe nuclear accident at the plant, which caused the meltdown of three reactors, hydrogen explosions and the release of radioactive material.

Under a five-year framework agreement, Jacobs will provide its expertise and knowledge to TEPCO’s Fukushima Decontamination and Decommissioning Engineering Company.

Jacobs will help the company address challenges such as the treatment of contaminated water, decontaminated water release, spent fuel, fuel debris and general site improvements.

It will also offer project management support, a decommissioning strategy, the management and implementation of supply chain resources, and programme definition for fuel debris retrieval.

Jacobs Energy Security and Technology senior vice-president Karen Wiemelt said: “Drawing on important cultural aspects of our client relationship, effective communication and mutual understanding, as well as our deep domain experience, we will deploy deep technical capabilities to deliver superior solutions.

“Jacobs values this opportunity to create bespoke processes, embodying industry best practices, to advance the clean-up of the world’s most complex nuclear decommissioning site for the benefit of future generations.”

Jacobs’ team has been working with TEPCO in Japan and the UK since 2016.

Under this new framework, the team will work with the client’s organisation to assist with further developing in-house decommissioning and engineering capabilities.

TEPCO chief decommissioning officer Akira Ono said: “We are pleased to have this agreement and are looking forward to the significant contribution that Jacobs can offer by providing TEPCO with technology and knowledge gained from successful projects at Sellafield in the UK.

“This agreement is an opportunity to deepen our cooperation and proceed safely and steadily toward the decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station.”