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End Of The Dome Now In Sight At DounreayThumbnail for article : End Of The Dome Now  In Sight At Dounreay
Dounreay Site Restoration Limited has submitted a planning application to the Highland Council covering a series of decommissioning projects expected to take place between 2018 and the site's shut down, also known as the interim end state.   The application, which is the last of three planning phases covering the overall decommissioning of the site, follows engagement undertaken earlier this year including public events and an opportunity to comment on draft documents online.  
Dounreay switches to dronesThumbnail for article : Dounreay switches to drones
Drone technology is helping Dounreay reduce the risk of accidents and save money on its inspection of buildings.  A camera mounted on an unmanned aerial vehicle is taking over tasks previously carried out by workers on elevated work platforms.  
Dounreay Team Begins To Empty Reactor Of Nuclear MaterialThumbnail for article : Dounreay Team Begins To Empty Reactor Of Nuclear Material
Work is underway to retrieve the last remaining radioactive fuel elements that have been stuck for decades inside the iconic Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR).   The experimental dome-shaped nuclear reactor once led the world in fast breeder technology and after it closed in 1977 most of the core fuel was removed.  
Graduating Apprentices "the Future Of The Far North"Thumbnail for article : Graduating Apprentices
Eleven young people who have completed their Dounreay apprentice training are "very much a part of the future of the far north." Guest speaker Jamie Stone MP told the audience at the apprentice indenture ceremony that took place last Friday that, as Dounreay continues to decommission, the newly indentured apprentices would be an important part of the area's ability to offer a skilled and innovative workforce.   Dounreay Managing Director and former nuclear industry apprentice Phil Craig added: “I am very proud that we are celebrating yet another group of talented apprentices.  
Companies Set To LINC With DounreayThumbnail for article : Companies Set To LINC With Dounreay
Companies are being invited to LINC together and support Scotland's largest decommissioning project thanks to an innovative new scheme designed to increase the number of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) delivering clean-up work at Dounreay.   Up to five companies will be invited to help understand and develop the best proposal for size-reducing all of the machinery and components that will need to be removed from Dounreay's Prototype Fast Reactor (PFR) - the largest to be built at the Caithness site.  
Graduates Kick Start Their Career At DounreayThumbnail for article : Graduates Kick Start Their Career At Dounreay
Graduates from as far afield as Portugal and London arrived in Caithness last week to kick start their career at Dounreay.   Ten new recruits have started on the two-year graduate scheme with educational backgrounds as diverse as engineering, law and digital forensics and ethical hacking.  
Dounreay's Oldest Reactor To Be DemolishedThumbnail for article : Dounreay's Oldest Reactor To Be Demolished
It is 60 years this weekend since the first criticality was achieved in Scotland using a test rig at Dounreay.  Now the decommissioning team responsible for the site is marking that milestone by taking a major step towards demolishing the oldest reactor that remains at the former fast reactor research centre.  
Fast Reactors The Caithness Dimension - Film Made In 1994Thumbnail for article : Fast Reactors The Caithness Dimension - Film Made In 1994
This film, produced by AEA Technology in 1994, looks back on the history of the fast reactor development programme at Dounreay..  
A Year Of Hazard Reduction: Making Progress At Dounreay - New Film and BrochureThumbnail for article : A Year Of Hazard Reduction: Making Progress At Dounreay - New Film and Brochure
Progress across Dounreay's decommissioning programme is being showcased in a new film and brochure highlighting the team's successes during 2016-17.   Some of the highest hazards that remained in the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority estate, including liquid metal coolant from the Dounreay Fast Reactor, were reduced and destroyed during the year bringing to a successful conclusion projects that spanned many years.  
Register For The Nuclear Supply Chain Event
The biggest networking event in Europe for nuclear decommissioning will be held in Manchester.   2 November 2017.  
Dounreay - The End Planning Phase - Your Chance To CommentThumbnail for article : Dounreay  - The End Planning Phase - Your Chance To Comment
A planning application will be submitted to Highland Council later this year to cover the next phase of planning at the Dounreay site.  Planning permission from 2018 to the shutdown of the site, also known as the interim end state, is the third phase of the planning required for the Dounreay decommissioning programme.  
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.