Additional Request for Proposal for entities to implement with subsidies the “Verification of technologies for contaminated water management (Demonstration Project for Verification Tests of Tritium Separation Technologies)” project [Updated on December 5]

2014/12/5
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The Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc., having been selected by the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE, METI, Japan), is now executing the tasks of the Project Management Office for the “Project of Decommissioning and Contaminated Water Management”. In this project, based on the “Grant Policy for Subsidy for the Project of Decommissioning and Contaminated Water Management”, we are assisting activities in support of the development of technologies that will be useful in decommissioning and contaminated water management. Through this, we aim to improve the level of science and technology and to advance decommissioning and contaminated water management smoothly in Japan.

At this time we are proceeding with the additional RFP (Request for Proposal) for entities to receive subsidies and implement the “Verification of technologies for contaminated water management (Demonstration Project for Verification Tests of Tritium Separation Technologies)” as the fourth RFP. If you are interested in responding to this RFP, please take into consideration the separate document “Guidelines for applying to the “Verification of technologies for contaminated water management project” in the FY2013 Supplementary Budget“. Please be noted that, in this additional RFP, the “CECE method” and the “Combination of CECE and Water Distillation”, validation of whose technology has already been decided, are not the subject of the solicitation.

Updated on December 5
Material “Frequently Asked Questions and Answers” was updated.

Regarding the Request for Proposal for entities to implement with subsidies the “Verification of technologies for contaminated water management (Demonstration Project for Verification Tests of Tritium Separation Technologies)” project

1. Purpose of this project

With regard to countermeasures for contaminated water in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station of Tokyo Electric Power Company, there exist various challenges. To consider responses to them, METI/ANRE entrusted management procedures to the International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning (IRID), and from September 25th to October 23rd 2013, conducted the Request for Information (RFI) in order to gather broad information from domestic and overseas wisdom on six RFI topics.

In the topic of “treatment of contaminated water (tritium separation technology, long-term safe storage of tritium, etc.)”, 182 responses were offered to the RFI. With regard to tritium separation technologies, the responses include information on water distillation method, electrolytic method, combined electrolysis catalytic exchange method, girdler-sulfide method, etc., which have experiences of the nuclear field. In addition to this, with regard to other separation technologies, the information on freeze concentration, separation using nanotechnology, hydrates, absorbents, etc. was offered. On these technologies, comments were offered from the Expert Review Panel set up by IRID.

In response to these comments, the Committee on Countermeasures for Contaminated Water Treatment released “Preventative and Multilayered Measures for Contaminated Water Treatment at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station of Tokyo Electric Power Company – Through completeness of comprehensive risk management -” (Summary, Text) on December 10th, 2013. In the report, it is stated that “Since technologies that have a quick effect in separating tritium have not been found after collecting technical proposals from both inside and outside of Japan, it will be necessary in the future to assess measures proposed in response to our requests for information”.

Furthermore, following advice to “every alternatives should be verified” given by an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) expert team which visited Japan at the end of November 2013, under the Committee a task force was set up under the Committee in order to comprehensively evaluate not only separation technologies, but also risks, environmental impacts, cost-benefit, etc. of long-term storage or release of tritium. The Task Force for Tritiated Water is clarifying and analyzing previous scientific knowledge, etc. with consideration from the viewpoint of risk assessment, and the Task Force is also considering various options.

“Summary of previous discussions” of the Task Force for Tritiated Water

The purpose of this project is to gather the latest information on tritium separation technology on the basis of the above-mentioned previous consideration. The results of this project will be utilized as needed for consideration of the task force; therefore reports of progress of the project, results of tentative calculation or data at the time, etc. will be required around four times per year. The data, etc. might be released to the task force as needed. In this case, the information will be released after coordination with the implementing entity and receipt of its assent.

The purpose of this project is (i) to verify separation performance of tritium separation technology, and (ii) to assess construction costs and operating costs needed for installing the equipment in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station and for treating water remaining after treatment through the multi-nuclide removal equipment. However, the decision whether or not to conduct tritium separation treatment has not yet been made.

2. RFP topics

* Demonstration Project for Verification Tests of Tritium Separation Technologies (Exhibit 1)

With regard to contaminated water arising in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, efforts to remove 62 kinds of nuclides are ongoing, but it is not possible to remove tritium. In this situation, entities to implement verification tests of tritium separation technologies are being solicited. More precisely, in order to validate the separation technology, it is required to construct and use equipment, the scale of which is left to the implementing entity’ s discretion, and to conduct verification tests that will enable evaluation of separation performance of the tritiated water (The concentration: from 6.3*105Bq/L to 4.2*106Bq/L (It varies according to the sampling date.)) arising in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, construction costs, and operating costs.

In this RFP, the solicited projects will be divided into the following two classes:

A.The amount of the subsidy is fixed; and the upper limit is one billion yen.

B.The technology categorized into this class is that in the primary phase of the practical development and mainly conducted through laboratory tests. The upper limit is fifty million yen. (Even though your proposal would have originally been intended to be categorized as “A” class, if we would consider that it should be fallen into the “B” class after the result of the review, it is possible that we require you to conduct the project as the “B” class project.)

You can apply to both A and B by deploying the same technology, but altering the contents of the validation tests.

3. Duration of the project

From the date of the grant decision to March 31st, 2016

Please note that proposals are preferable which observe this duration and for which the necessary project term is shorter than other proposals.

4. Procedure for application
(1) Term of receipt of tenders

Commencement: Friday, November 14, 2014
Deadline: Monday, December 15, 2014 (by noon, Japan time)

Before submitting the application or sending an inquiry to us, please read through the attached “About Privacy Policy”(*) and agree to our privacy policy.

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(2) Information session

We have provided the documents, sound recording and videos of the information session held for the second solicitation round. But please be noted that the data of dates, etc. uploaded on this site are that of the second solicitation; and the contents have slightly been changed. Please confirm the documents of this fourth solicitation.

(3) Documentation

Please refer to the detailed information given in the Guidelines.

(4) Where to Submit

The application documents must be delivered to the following address via hand-carry, mail or email.

Shimbashi JB Building 5th Floor, 9-5, Shimbashi 6-chome Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0004, Japan

Management Office for the Project of Decommissioning and Contaminated Water Management

Responsible personnel: Dr. Sato, Mr. Kondo

Email : tr-apply-al@mri.co.jp

* Please DO NOT send the application documents via fax.

* Incomplete documents will be rejected and not subject to evaluation. Therefore, please carefully read and follow the procedures for application to correctly fill out the documents.

* Any application documents submitted after the closing date will not be accepted. If you send the documents by postal mail, they may not be delivered by the designated time on the closing date. Consequently, you are advised to mail them sufficiently ahead of the closing date.

5. Regarding Evaluation and Selection, Granting of Subsidy, Allocation of Expenses, etc.

Please refer to the detailed information given in the Guidelines.

[Guidelines for RFP]

Guidelines [PDF]
Exhibit 1 [PDF]

[Related Manual and Guidelines]

Grant Policy for Subsidy for the Project of Decommissioning and Contaminated Water Management [PDF]
Subsidized Project Administration Manual [PDF]
The Decommissioning and Contaminated Water Management Project Implementation Guidelines [PDF]
The Decommissioning and Contaminated Water Management Project Cost Subsidy Grant Guidelines [PDF]
Health Insurance Grade Rate (Japanese text only) [PDF]

[Application Forms]

Application Form 1 [word]
Application Form 2 [word]
Application Form 3 [word]
Application Form 4 [word]

6. Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers [pdf]

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