Brokk, the world´s leading manufacturer of remote controlled demolition machines, is
delivering robots to Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan. The first task for the machines is to
provide access to highly contaminated areas and clean up contamination. “One key
difference between Brokk’s demolition robots and other robots currently on site is that our
machines are capable of carrying out multiple different and tougher tasks, such as tearing
down concrete structures and take care of heavier contaminated materials” says Martin
Krupicka CEO of Brokk.
The first contact with Brokk and its Japanese partner BGE Company Ltd was taken soon after
the accident at Fukushima, as Brokk demolition robots are known globally for
decommissioning and material handling in radioactive environments. Brokk has since then
had staff in place in Japan to better understand the situation and the challenges in detail. The
first Brokk machine, delivered in middle of April, will be used to get inside one of the most
damaged reactors. The last month has been a very intense time for Brokk’s staff and its
subcontractors in order to be able to deliver the machines in a very short period of time. With
the ongoing crisis at Fukushima, every day saved has been of high value. Brokk staff is
currently present in Japan to provide training on the machines and their capabilities to the
Brokk has successfully delivered robots for demolition, decommissioning and disposal of
radioactive material to the nuclear industry for over twenty years, including to the USA,
France, Great Britain, Russia and Japan. Brokk machines have for example been used for
decommissioning and cleanup at Chernobyl in Urkraine. “Brokk was chosen for this
extremely challenging work by Taisei Corp, which works for TEPCO at Fukushima, because
of our extensive experience in the nuclear industry. Today we have over two hundred
machines at various nuclear sites worldwide” says Mike Evans, Head of Nuclear at Brokk.
Brokk has proven and tested products and solutions after having delivered more than 5,000
demolition robots worldwide for the past 30 years. The Brokk machines can also be equipped
with a variety of tools, making them the real multipurpose machines.
This past Monday, a second shipment of three Brokk machines took place using a specially
chartered flight from Luleå Airport in northern Sweden. These machines were all designed
and modified to handle the extreme situation and the high radiation at the Fukushima site.
Among other things, the machines will be operated from a control room located as far as one
kilometer fom the reactors. Currently, the machines are expected to be working onsite at
Fukushima within the next few weeks.
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