London, UK,

Amec Foster Wheeler’s SIAL® technology to be trialled at Fukushima, Japan

  • Work to demonstrate SIAL® - the specialised geopolymer technique for making radioactive waste safer and easier to handle

Amec Foster Wheeler announces today that its innovative proprietary technology is being used in a research and development programme at Fukushima, in Japan, to make radioactive waste safer.

The work, carried out in partnership with Fuji Electric on behalf of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, will centre on the SIAL® matrix, a specialised geopolymer technique for encapsulating various radioactive waste streams. The value of the contract is undisclosed.

The research will test whether SIAL® can be used to solidify sludge arising from the damage at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant caused by the earthquake and resulting tsunami in March 2011.


We believe that SIAL® can make a significant contribution to the restoration of Fukushima. Together with our partners Fuji Electric, we appreciate the support shown by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency for the important work we are carrying out.
Andy White, Vice President for Decommissioning in Amec Foster Wheeler’s Clean Energy Europe business
SIAL® has already been used successfully in commercial power stations in Europe. Fuji believes it has great potential and wishes to spread this technology in Japan together with Amec Foster Wheeler.
Hiroshi Ozaki, General Manager of the Nuclear Power Engineering Department of Fuji Electric
Notes to editors

Amec Foster Wheeler ( designs, delivers and maintains strategic and complex assets for its customers across the global energy and related sectors.


Employing around 40,000 people in more than 55 countries and with 2015 revenues of £5.5 billion, the company operates across the oil and gas industry – from production through to refining, processing and distribution of derivative products – and in the mining, clean energy, power generation, pharma, environment and infrastructure markets.


Amec Foster Wheeler offers full life-cycle services to offshore and onshore oil and gas projects (conventional and unconventional, upstream, midstream and downstream) for greenfield, brownfield and asset support projects, plus leading refining technology.


The company’s nuclear business stands out for its ability to bring world-leading expertise, technology and scientific capabilities to customers’ challenges throughout the life-cycle from new build and reactor operations to life extension and decommissioning. With 4,000 nuclear specialists around the world, we’re able to support our customers with local resources.


Amec Foster Wheeler shares are publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange and its American Depositary Shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Both trade under the ticker AMFW.



SIAL® has been used successfully at a number of nuclear power plants in Europe over the past 20 years. It can be used on site, saving the customer significant time and cost. It enables the transformation of radioactive wastes into a much safer solid form which is easier to handle, transport and store.


The SIAL® technique can be used on low, intermediate and higher-level radioactive wastes. As a geopolymer, it is superior to cement because it can incorporate significantly more waste into the matrix, thus saving disposal costs. The physical characteristics of the final product means it performs better in terms of compressive strength and leachability.


In 2010, The World Association of Nuclear Operators and the Operational Safety Review Team evaluated the SIAL® matrix technology at Dukovany nuclear plant in the Czech Republic, as an example of best practice.



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