UK firm to help provide energy to Japan after earthquake disaster

When an earthquake hit Japan on 11 March, there were reports that UK construction firms may do their bit to help the country rebuild. Now it has been confirmed that a British company is to help the Japanese deal with the problems at the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant.

Power firm Aggreko, who are primarily based in Glasgow, Scotland, have signed a deal with TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company Incorporated), who are the owners of the Fukushima power plant, to provide 200 MW of emergency power to the plant.

Aggreko will reportedly provide 100 MW of gas-fired power and 100 MW of diesel-fired generation for a minunim of a year.

Aggreko will provide electricity in the areas badly affected by the earthquake and help residents rebuild their lives in the Tokyo Bay area of Japan.

The Fukushima nuclear power plant was badly damaged in the earthquake, and radiation has seeped out of the plant into the atmosphere and the surrounding water. Some sources say that radiation around Fukushima is 100,000 times higher than normal.

TEPCO have been heavily criticised by the Japanese government for not doing enough to stop the spread of radiation, such as when they misread the amount of radiation,

If UK firms can help deal with the earthquake aftermath and help keep Fukushima under control, then Aggreko’s influence will be invaluable. Aggreko’s CEO Rupert Soames said in a statement that his company, “is pleased it is able to be of assistance to the country at this very difficult time.”

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Posted on April 5, 2011, in construction jobs, construction news, Electrical News, electrician jobs, train4tradeskills and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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