The removal of nuclear debris from Japan’s crippled Fukushima power plant will be delayed by about a year, because the pandemic has set back development of specialised equipment, the plant’s operator said Thursday. The Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) had been scheduled to start removing melted fuel from deep inside one of the mangled reactors next year, a decade after the nation’s worst ever nuclear crisis was triggered by a tsunami. The process is considered the most difficult of the massive decommissioning programme, which is expected to take three to four decades to complete. TEPCO had planned to develop a robot arm in Britain that would have arrived in Japan next year to start work — but chief decommissioning officer Akira Ono told a news conference that a recent spike in Covid-19 infections in the UK had delayed this.
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