Dounreay Dome Paint Job Scrapped
24th March 2011
Bosses at Dounreay agreed that they won't now be spending £500,000 on a repaint of the sphere.
They money saved will go instead towards actual decommissioning work. The sphere's been repainted every 10 years for as long as anyone can remember. And the cycle is repeated every decade of the lifetime plan for the site.
Its next coat was due over the next 18 months or so. But that's been changed after
DFR paint job scrapped "This looks like a ludicrous waste of public funds," Highlands and Islands MSP Dave Stewart told The Sun. the decision last year to scrap the
sphere once the reactor is decommissioned.
The saving will help to reduce the cost to taxpayers of decommissioning site. The girder area may still need to be repainted to maintain it in a safe condition for workers. But the bulk of the sphere doesn't need repainted to maintain the containment around the reactor inside the sphere.
The steel is thick enough to last a lot longer than the time it will take to dismantle the reactor.
The destruction of one of the highest hazards remaining in the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) estate has been completed at Dounreay. Around 68 tonnes of highly radioactive liquid metal coolant was removed from the Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR) and safely destroyed over a ten year period.
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), in association with the Site Licence Companies (SLCs), invite you to â€˜connect and innovate' at their fifth annual event. Entry is free of charge to delegates and exhibitors.
The PFR stone table with the inscription 'Out of Caithness to the World' will become the centre piece of the NDA Archive when it opens its doors in 2017. Construction of the new facility has begun at Wick and was officially opened by David Flear, Dounreay Stakeholder Group chairman, when he cut the first turf at an opening ceremony in August.
A ceremonial turf cutting ceremony marked the official start of building work on the new archive that will store nuclear records from across the UK. David Flear, chairman of the Dounreay Stakeholder Group, dug into the ground at the Wick site where the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's Nuclear Archive will start to take shape over the next 12 months.
UKAEA has been selected to supply the Hot Cell Remote Handling Facility for the new â‚¬1.8 billion European Spallation Source (ESS). ESS is currently under construction in Sweden.
DSRL have announced the new managing director designate, Phil Craig. With more than 20 years' experience in the nuclear industry, Philâ€™s career has focused on supporting the UK nuclear decommissioning, defence and existing power generation sectors.
The contract applies to twelve sites throughout the UK managed by the decommissioning company Magnox Ltd as well as the nuclear site at Dounreay in Caithness, Scotland, Radioactive Waste Management Limited's site in Harwell and the Low-Level Waste Repository in West Cumbria. A number of segments make up the contrac.
The removal of trapped fuel elements from the Dounreay Fast Reactor moved a step closer with the successful trial of bespoke equipment to lift off the top plate. Decommissioning the 50-year-old experimental reactor is one of the most technically challenging projects in the NDA estate.
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, the public body that owns Dounreay and funds its clean up, has published its annual business plan, setting out key tasks for the site licence company DSRL to deliver in the next 12 months. These include: - Decontamination of Prototype Fast Reactor pond to meet regulatory requirements - Completion of construction of new fuel characterisation facilities - Material Test Reactor raffinate immobilisation complete - Continuous improvement in health, safety and environmental performance.
Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) estate has measured that over 21% of its spend is with SMEs. This equates to over Â£330 million spent out of our total annual supply chain spend of Â£1.7 billion.
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