As TEPCO seems open to foreign assistance, with its adviser a former director of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission at the Three Mile Island, Russia is once again offering help to resolve problems bombarding the defunct Fukushima nuclear power plant. According to a unit head of Rusatom, a state-owned nuclear company in Russia, they are hoping to cooperate with Fukushima operator Tokyo Electric Power Co.
Rosatom Overseas General Director Djomart Aliyev said that they can take advantage of their experience in managing the Chernobyl meltdown, which caused greater damages compared to Fukushima Daiichi. “As TEPCO has not made all the information open, we cannot find solutions immediately,” said Aliyev, urging TEPCO to accept their offer of help. “If we cooperate, however, we may produce good results.”
For better assistance, Aliyev has gathered people who can be assigned for the Fukushima issues. The special team will be analyzing the situation in Fukushima as well as the tools available. However, the Rusatom general director said that TEPCO has not accepted their proposal. Russia began offering help even in 2011, but Japan has not sought any foreign assistance until this year. Despite contract competition for establishing nuclear plants in Vietnam and Turkey, Djomart Aliyev believes that Japan and Russia can benefit from working together. By doing so, they can train potential nuclear plant operators who can be assigned to both Asian countries.
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