Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Hitachi have begun discussions toward jointly implementing measures to support recovery efforts at the earthquake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station in Japan.

The companies will discuss maximum utilization of their respective technologies and of the technologies of their respective partner companies to support the Japanese government and the plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co toward improving conditions at the power station.

MHI said it provided support for the power plant immediately after the earthquake last month, including provision of emergency supplies such as radiation shields and conversion work on the Mega-Float to be used to store large volumes of contaminated water.

The company has also proposed medium- and long-term plans that include a contaminated water treatment system, cooling system, and measures to enclose the plant buildings.

Concurrent with these initiatives at MHI, Hitachi is also making every possible effort toward restoring electricity within the power plants.