Japanese Earthquake Response Programme: A Case Study Review

Rod Bisset
The earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan on 11 March 2011 had a severe impact on the Fukushima Dia-ichi nuclear power plant, and is considered one of only a few serious accidents in the history of the global nuclear industry.

In the wake of these events, the industry emerged from this tragedy with an even stronger commitment to nuclear safety. The Japanese Earthquake Response Programme (JER) was set up by EDF Energy immediately following this accident to demonstrate its commitment to learn the lessons of Fukushima and to display leadership for safety. The programme had a unique safety focus and challenge; how to enhance the safety margins of the UK’s nuclear facilities to protect against unpredictable and extreme events.

This saw over 100 separate projects being implemented, with over 10,000 assets procured, 1,500 emergency role holders being trained and more than 1,400 contracts being placed. Ultimately, this very large and complex programme was complete by the third anniversary of Fukushima and helped further enhance continued improvements to safety.

As a result of our work on JER, we were selected for the Programme of the Year 2014 Award by the Association for Project Management.