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Toshiba to step up reactor-dismantling business.

TOKYO, July 17 Kyodo

Toshiba Corp. will organize a team of about 20 nuclear plant experts to beef up the company's reactor-decommissioning business, company officials said Wednesday.

The high-tech firm decided to boost the operations as some reactor operators are moving to shut down and dismantle their facilities, the officials said.

Toshiba may also consider forming a business alliance with European firms with advanced reactor-dismantling technologies, they said.

Japan Atomic Power Co. is to dismantle the No. 1 reactor at its Tsuruga nuclear power plant in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, while the Japan Nuclear Cycle Development Institute will decommission the Fugen advanced thermal reactor, also located in Tsuruga.

The dismantling work is expected to begin on a full scale after 2010.

By then, Toshiba's nuclear team will have worked to improve technologies required in dismantling and decommissioning reactors, such as cutting, decontaminating and radiation monitoring, the officials said.

The team will also calculate decommissioning costs by simulation so that Toshiba can show them to electric power companies and other reactor operators, they said.
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