Kurion, a US-based innovator in nuclear and hazardous waste management, has been awarded a contract to develop an advanced robotic arm to repair reactor primary containment leaks within the damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

Kurion will start developing the robotic system, the Fukushima Repair Manipulator (FRM), through a contract with Japanese industry leader IHI Corporation.

The robotic system is being targeted for deployment by mid-2016 within the Unit 2 Reactor.

Kurion founder and president John Raymont said, "Kurion is honored to be selected yet again to assist with the ongoing recovery efforts at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

"For the past three years, Kurion has applied our innovative technologies throughout the plant to purify hazardous water and identify repair needs.

"Now, the adoption of Kurion’s Fukushima Repair Manipulator marks another critical step in accelerating the ongoing cleanup of the plant."

The robotic system represents the phase II of the reactor primary containment leak discovery and repair efforts.

Kurion recently assisted in the phase I with the development and delivery of the Fukushima Inspection Manipulator (FIM), which was tasked with searching for the causes of the leaks.