France's Areva to expand Japan nuclear help

31st March 2011, Comments 0 comments

French nuclear group Areva said Thursday it plans to step up its technical assistance to the operator of a Japanese atomic plant crippled by the massive quake and tsunami earlier this month.

Tokyo Electric Power Company, which runs the Fukushima Daiichi plant, has asked for more help, and Areva is likely to provide it, according to Remy Autebert, president of Areva Japan.

"We'll need a bit of time, but our actions will probably increase in response to their requests," he told AFP.

Areva chief executive Anne Lauvergeon arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday with a team of experts for meetings with Japanese officials on how to manage the unprecedented crisis.

Autebert said the most pressing current task at the Fukushima plant was to remove contaminated water that has been accumulating after workers pumped in large amounts to keep the reactors from overheating.

Four crippled reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant have been leaking dangerous radiation since shortly after a March 11 earthquake and tsunami knocked out their cooling systems.

© 2011 AFP

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