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 is 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.


A key objective of LongOps is to develop the UK Supply Chain to better support the Nuclear industry over the coming decades. At the heart of LongOps is a portfolio of approximately £2.6 million external research and development aimed at increasing the Technology Readiness Levels of key digital technologies.

The contracts will explore the potential for a new generation of digital tools focusing on these key areas:

  • Architecture and Standards
  • Development of a Next Generation Digital Mock-Up
  • Technology development related to Long Reach Mechanisms
  • Haptic Manipulators
  • Sensing & Perception in Unstructured Environments

Links to opportunities will be added as they become available.

Contract ID Approximate value* Invitation to Tender (ITT)
Close Date
Awarded to
Development, supply, install, commissioning of a haptic training simulator system 3.4.2 £130k Now closed Generic Robotics
LongOps Next Generation Digital Mock Up 3.2.3 £600k Now closed 5 contracts awarded in Phase 1

  1. Createc + Extend Robotics
  2. Generic Robotics + Numerion software
  3. Jacobs + Manufacturing Technology Centre & PA Consulting
  4. VNS + Tree-C
  5. Atkins
LongOps Enhancements to Robot Planning Tools 3.3.1 £200k Now closed Atkins + UCLC
LongOps Enhanced Control of Flexible Long Reach Manipulators 3.3.2 £170k Now closed Herobotics
Development of datasets for machine learning 3.5.1 £255k Now closed Under evaluation
Research and development of novel techniques and technologies for incorporating sensor data into digital twins 3.5.2 £240k Now closed Under evaluation
Development of low-TRL digital technologies for decommissioning** SBRI £1.2 million Now closed Under evaluation

*accurate values will be included in the Invitations to Tender

**will be advertised through SBRI

LongOps is equally funded by UKRI, TEPCO and the NDA