The Shaw Group Inc. today announced that support services contracted by its subsidiary, Shaw Global Services, LLC, are performing as designed to help recovery at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station in Japan. After a tsunami and earthquake hit Japan in March, the Toshiba Corp. led Shaw, Babcock & Wilcox, Westinghouse and Exelon Nuclear Partners to provide emergency response support. Shaw deployed water treatment, radiation monitoring and consulting services.
“Experts from Shaw have been working closely with our partners in Japan since the massive earthquake and tsunami struck,” said J.M. Bernhard Jr., Shaw’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. “Our technical systems at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station were brought online very quickly and safely through the help of our subcontractors and already have demonstrated successful operations. We are committed to this long-term effort and are ready to employ our critical resources, leadership and technical solutions for years to come.”
Shaw used decades of environmental and nuclear experience to design, fabricate and oversee installation of a patent-pending, proprietary simplified active water retrieve and recovery system (SARRY) with Toshiba. It is the primary method for removing cesium and other highly radioactive contaminants from water in basement structures and has reduced the risk of contamination from overflow into the sea.
Developed in conjunction with AVANTech and featuring Honeywell’s UOP specialty ion-exchange materials, SARRY operates with a simple design, leaving it less prone to mechanical problems. It can stand alone or work in conjunction with other treatment systems in place, which has the potential to double decontamination capacity at the site.
In addition, Shaw has provided remote radiation monitoring and contaminated water transfer hoses, as well as ongoing technical support including consulting services for decommissioning planning, spent fuel removal and management, debris removal, structural analysis and radiological shielding.
Shaw and its legacy companies have extensive experience with some of the biggest nuclear, environmental and natural disasters in history, including Three Mile Island and Chernobyl; hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma; and the Haiti, Northridge, Calif., and Sumatra earthquakes.