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First Cut Out Of Reactor Pond Wall At DounreayThumbnail for article : First Cut Out Of Reactor Pond Wall At Dounreay
The first block of concrete has been removed from the structure of one of Dounreay's cooling ponds - representing a major first step in demolishing the redundant giant chamber.   The pond is one of two concrete pits, six metres deep, which was used to store spent fuel from the Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR).  
More Than 30,000 Bricks Removed From Redundant PlantThumbnail for article : More Than 30,000 Bricks Removed From Redundant Plant
More than 30,000 bricks have been removed from three pits within a redundant facility as part of a project to decommission a former effluent treatment plant.   A scaffold platform has been constructed to allow operators, wearing full airline suits, access to remove the bricks using small electrically operated hand tools.  
Japanese Ambassador visits DounreayThumbnail for article : Japanese Ambassador visits Dounreay
His Excellency, Mr Koji Tsuruoka, Ambassador of Japan to the United Kingdom, Mr Yosuki Ishigami from the Economic Section of the Japanese Embassy and Mr Daisuke Matsunaga, Consul General of Japan in Edinburgh visited Dounreay during a two-day visit to the north of Scotland as a guest of Dr Paul Monaghan MP.   At Dounreay the group toured the Prototype Fast Reactor (PFR), including the reactor hall.  
10 New Apprentices Start At DounreayThumbnail for article : 10 New Apprentices Start At Dounreay
Dounreay has said "you're hired" to ten local newcomers who have started their careers at Dounreay this week.  This makes it the 61st consecutive year that apprentices have joined the site.  
New camera provides clear images of bowels of reactorThumbnail for article : New camera provides clear images of bowels of reactor
An off the shelf CCTV camera is providing crystal clear images from the depths of Dounreay's Prototype Fast Reactor (PFR).   Fifty years on from the construction of PFR, the reactor decommissioning team is viewing footage that will enable it to pull apart the innards of the second and last fast reactor to be built in the UK.  
Dounreay meets target for liquid hazard reductionThumbnail for article : Dounreay meets target for liquid hazard reduction
The last of the higher activity liquid waste produced during Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR) fuel reprocessing has been made safe for future generations.  It is an important milestone in the immobilisation of the historic liquid waste, known as raffinate, created from reprocessing undertaken during the operation of Dounreay's three reactors.  
Dounreay announces new managing director designateThumbnail for article : Dounreay announces new managing director designate
DSRL have announced the new managing director designate, Phil Craig.   With more than 20 years' experience in the nuclear industry, Phil’s career has focused on supporting the UK nuclear decommissioning, defence and existing power generation sectors.  
Dounreay Supply Chain Invitation To Annual Suppliers Day
Companies are being invited to attend Dounreay's annual Suppliers Day on February 26.   The event will take place at The Weigh Inn in Thurso from 1.00pm.  
Dounreay and Nuvia Ltd collaborate on new beach monitoring vehiclesThumbnail for article : Dounreay and Nuvia Ltd collaborate on new beach monitoring vehicles
Dounreay's beach monitoring fleet has a new look with the addition of new vehicles - the Metrac H5 all-terrain vehicle (ATV).  The H5s are fitted with the same GroundhogTM Evolution monitoring equipment as the current ATVs, so this is a change of looks but not a change of function.  
NDA decommissioning supply chain event returns
The NDA estate's showcase event for suppliers is returning for a fourth year and is looking forward to welcoming even more visitors and exhibitors.   More than 1,000 delegates from across the country attended the 2013 event, including existing supply chain members and decommissioning newcomers.  
NDA sets key tasks for 'role model' DounreayThumbnail for article : NDA sets key tasks for 'role model' Dounreay
Dounreay’s owners have set out their priorities for decommissioning in a three-year business plan approved by Ministers.  The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, which owns Dounreay and 16 other sites in the UK, has total planned expenditure across its estate for 2014/15 of £3.2 billion.  
14/3/2014
Heavy Lift Pad Construction Underway At Wick HarbourThumbnail for article : Heavy Lift Pad Construction  Underway At Wick Harbour
Wick Harbour Authority is making progress with its plans to create a heavy-lift facility on the commercial quay at Wick harbour, with contractors Gunns Lybster Ltd having now begun the work.   The project, and its associated dredging works, was supported by CNSRP partners HIE and NDA respectively and is the first of several proposed phases of work to position the harbour as a key player in the energy sector, with the current focus being on potential to benefit from the development of Offshore Wind in the Moray Firth.  
Supply chain briefing on opportunities at Dounreay to be held
DSRL will be holding a supply chain briefing to give an update on future procurement opportunities at Dounreay.   This event will be held on Wednesday February 12, 2014 in The Weigh Inn Hotel, Thurso, starting at 14:00 hours.  
Caithness Apprentice Scoops Top Civil Engineering Apprentice AwardThumbnail for article : Caithness Apprentice Scoops Top Civil Engineering Apprentice Award
Craig Harvey (21) from Wick in the Highlands, has been crowned Scotlands top Civil Engineering Apprentice of 2013 at the annual SBATC Apprentice of the Year awards.  The title was presented to Craig at a special ceremony held on Tuesday 10th December at the Scottish Parliament.  
14/11/2013
Feedback sought on updated planning framework for DounreayThumbnail for article : Feedback sought on updated planning framework for Dounreay
Tomorrow (15 November 2013) The Highland Council launches a public consultation on the Dounreay Planning Framework 2: Draft Supplementary Guidance.   The Highland Council approved the existing Dounreay Planning Framework in January 2006, as a land use development brief against which to regulate and control future decommissioning and restoration works proposed at the former nuclear power research site at Dounreay, near Thurso in Caithness.  
Enhanced inspection to continue until hazards reduce furtherThumbnail for article : Enhanced inspection to continue until hazards reduce further
A report published on Tuesday 5th November 2013 underlines how much work remains to be done at Dounreay before the site can be left in a safe condition for future generations.   The Office for Nuclear Regulation Chief Nuclear Inspector's annual report says its inspection of the site will be at an enhanced level because of the continuing presence of major radiological hazards.  
Radiation dose to public from Dounreay reducesThumbnail for article : Radiation dose to public from Dounreay reduces
Dounreays radioactive impact on the environment continues to fall, according to a report.  The annual survey report Radioactivity in Food and the Environment (RIFE 2012) has recently been published and it can be read here - http://www.sepa.org.uk/radioactive_substances/publications/rife_reports.aspx The report uses data obtained from samples of air, fresh water, grass, soil, and locally sourced meat, fish, milk and vegetables during 2012.  
Change of name for Dounreay Parent Body OrganisationThumbnail for article : Change of name for Dounreay Parent Body Organisation
Dounreays parent body organisation the consortium of international companies that owns and manages DSRL is getting a new name.   From October 28, the Babcock Dounreay Partnership will be known as the Cavendish Dounreay Partnership.  
Wick To Receive Huge Volume Of Nuclear Records At New Archive Centre By 2016Thumbnail for article : Wick To  Receive Huge Volume Of Nuclear Records At New Archive Centre By 2016
Dounreay's huge collection of historic documents will be among the first items to be stored in the new archive to be built in Caithness.   The National Nuclear Archive is due to be open for business by 2016, said NDA's director for Dounreay, Nigel Lowe.  
Summer placement students prepare for the world of workThumbnail for article : Summer placement students prepare for the world of work
Twenty eight ambitious students, bringing fresh thinking and innovative ideas to businesses across the Highlands and Islands, are gathering to brush up on their skills for the world of work at a residential training course this week Monday 15 - Thursday 18 July.   The students, who come from across Scotland to work for up to twelve weeks with local businesses, are part of the TalentScotland Summer Placement Programme managed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).