Toshiba, Hitachi, Tepco Plan Water Treatment System, Nikkei Says

Toshiba Corp. and Hitachi Ltd. submitted a proposal to develop a new water treatment system for the crisis-ridden Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant, the Nikkei newspaper reported today.

The system would be capable of treating 500 metric tons of water a day, the paper reported, without saying where it got the information. The government, which has been asking for proposals for a new system to deal with the buildup of radioactive water at the power plant, said in September that it would award the contract through open bidding. More than 10 proposals have been received, according to the Nikkei.

A Hitachi spokesman who asked not to be identified because of company policy confirmed a proposal had been submitted while declining to say if it was with partners or who they are because the bidding process continues.

Masahiro Yoshimura, a spokesman for Toshiba, said the company couldn’t immediately confirm the Nikkei report.

Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the Fukushima plant, joined Toshiba and Hitachi in their application, the paper said. Toshiba is the manufacturer behind a filter system known as ALPS, which separates out strontium and other radioactive elements.

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