LongOps is a £12M UK-Japanese robotics project to develop robotic capability that will support delivery of faster and safer decommissioning at Fukushima Daiichi in Japan, and Sellafield and the JET fusion reactor in the UK.

Users at Fukushima, Sellafield and JET need to develop solutions to conduct work over many decades inside large, shielded spaces which contain hazardous material, using remotely controlled ‘long reach’ robotics. The name ‘LongOps’ refers to both the long period of the operations and the long reach booms required.

A major feature of the LongOps programme will be the development of sophisticated digital twin technology – software which links virtual reality with the physical world. This next generation of digital tools will provide opportunities to develop decommissioning strategies, and train and conduct operations in high-consequence, constantly changing environments.

LongOps is equally funded by UKRI, TEPCO and the NDA



At the heart of LongOps is a portfolio of research and development contract opportunities, targeted at industry and academia.

Scheduled to start in October 2021, the contracts will explore the potential for a new generation of digital tools to assist with nuclear operations.

Links to PINs and ITTs will be added as they become available

Contract Tender type Estimated contract start date Estimated contract end date Status
Development of low-TRL digital technologies for nuclear decommissioning Negotiated tender Nov 2021 Aug 2023
Development of a haptic training simulator system Open tender Nov 2021 Jul 2022
Development of prototype next-generation digital twins and simulations for training, digital mock-up, and task development Innovation Partnership Procurement Nov 2021 Mar 2024 Prior information notice

Response deadline (UK time):
31/10/2021 12:00:00
Development of datasets for machine learning Open tender Dec 2021 Jun 2023 Prior information notice

Response deadline (UK time):
13/10/2021 12:00:00
Development of robot planning tools for leveraging the latest advances in robotics and human-robot interaction Open tender Dec 2021 Apr 2023
Technology development for accurate control of long, slender, flexible, high-payload articulated deployment booms Open tender Dec 2021 Apr 2023
Research and development of novel techniques and technologies for incorporating sensor data into digital twins Open tender Feb 2022 Feb 2023

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Each opportunity will be advertised through a Prior Information Notice (PIN) followed by an Invitation to Tender (ITTs) on the EU supply portal.

Search using ‘LongOps’ as a keyword at uk.eu-supply.com

All interest, requests to participate and enquiries should be submitted to the named Procurement Representative identified in the advertisements. To be able to work on a response you will have to register and log in.