City to sell megafloat to Tepco


The city of Shizuoka said Monday it will sell its megafloat, a floating storage platform being used to transfer radioactive water at the troubled Fukushima No. 1 power plant, for some ¥510 million to Tokyo Electric Power Co.

The city provided the steel platform, which was originally used for fishing, to Tepco for free last April. The utility has been using it since June as temporary storage site for tainted water removed from the stricken plant.

The city said it will use the money from the sale for construction of an alternative facility.

The megafloat is around 136 meters long and 46 meters wide, and can store about 10,000 tons of water inside.