April 7, 2011 / 6:02 PM / in 8 years

UPDATE 1-Toshiba proposes to scrap Fukushima nuclear plant-Nikkei

April 8 (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp submitted a proposal to Tokyo Electric Power Co and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to dismantle the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant by 2020, the Nikkei business daily reported.

The proposal was drawn up jointly by 3 U.S. firms — Toshiba’s Westinghouse Electric Co, Babcock & Wilcox Co and Shaw Group Inc — which worked to clean the damaged reactor at the Three Mile Island nuclear facility in the U.S, the daily said.

Toshiba and its partners plan to revise the proposal as the situation unfolds, as conditions inside the reactors are still unclear, Nikkei reported.

The proposal calls for demolishing damaged buildings at the facility without causing any secondary fallout, monitoring radiation levels and removing debris using robots, the daily added.

Hitachi Ltd , which has teamed up with U.S. firms General Electric Co. , Bechtel Corp. and others to help resolve the crisis at the crippled plant, is also expected to submit a proposal for decommissioning the facility. (Reporting by Kavyanjali Kaushik in Bangalore; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty)

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