UK and Japan launch nuclear energy partnership

A nuclear energy partnership between the UK and Japan has been officially agreed. A total of 100 companies from the nuclear industries of both nations came together in Tokyo this week to start the process of strengthening existing ties […]

By Jonny Bairstow

A nuclear energy partnership between the UK and Japan has been officially agreed.

A total of 100 companies from the nuclear industries of both nations came together in Tokyo this week to start the process of strengthening existing ties and sharing expertise.

The move aims to maximise the economic potential that each country’s sector could offer to the other, focusing on research and development, new nuclear builds and decommissioning.

The long term collaboration is expected to build upon the hundreds of millions of pounds worth of activity already being conducted between the countries.

It advances upon the Memorandum of Co-operation between the two countries in December 2016, signed by UK Energy Secretary Greg Clark and Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Hiroshige Seko.

Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association (NIA), said: “Both Japan and the UK have a wealth of experience in the civil nuclear sector and their supply chains have the experience and skills to complement the programmes of work ongoing in each country.

“The UK’s world-class decommissioning experience is well regarded in Japan and two Japanese-led consortia have plans to build new nuclear in the UK that we need for a reliable and always available low carbon source of power for the future.”

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