Caithness Map :: Links to Site Map Paying too much for broadband? Move to PlusNet broadband and save£££s. Free setup now available - terms apply. PlusNet broadband.  

 

Dounreay Bulletin - Issue 18

10th January 2007

FOUR YEARS ACCIDENT-FREE FOR REACTOR DECOMMISSIONING TEAM
Safety has become a way of life in dismantling the Dounreay Fast Reactor. Four years without a lost time accident is no mean feat in any industry, but this achievement has been all the sweeter with the knowledge of the enormous range of work undertaken at DFR and the mix of people employed.

Everybody's aim at work is to ensure that people work safely and go home with the same numbers of fingers and toes they woke up with. Not an unreasonable desire and reinforced by the Health & Safety at Work Act. So why is this achievement so special and how have they reached this position at DFR? See:
http://www.ukaea.org.uk/sites/dounreay_project_updates.htm#Dec0605


VENTILATION UPGRADE SET TO SAVE 5 MILLION IN CLEAN-UP COSTS
On behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, UKAEA Dounreay has submitted a planning application to Highland Council for revised proposals for a replacement ventilation system to support decommissioning of the Fuel Cycle Area (FCA).

Earlier this year, the Highland Council granted permission for a new FCA ventilation system. However since then further work to optimise decommissioning of the FCA facilities has had significant impacts on the design for the replacement ventilation system to the extent that a new planning application was required to be lodged and the previous plan withdrawn.

The revised plans, which have the potential to reduce the cost to the taxpayer by 5 million, consist of the installation of two small stacks with fan arrangements and connective ducts which will provide a discharge service to those FCA facilities within the longer term decommissioning plan. This will offer sufficient flexibility to allow further evolution of the decommissioning plans. More: http://www.ukaea.org.uk/sites/dounreay_project_updates.htm#Dec0606


NEW CAMERA HELPS RECOVER TRAPPED MATERIAL DURING CLEAN-UP
A state-of-the-art radiation-seeking camera is being used at Dounreay to discover and retrieve tiny amounts of valuable radioactive material that previously would have been hard to detect.

The gamma camera shows up areas where there are levels of higher radiation in a similar way to a heat-seeking camera. It has recently been used in the materials test reactor fuel element production plant, now in the final stages of decommissioning, to identify the position of radioactive material in the final line of gloveboxes to be cleaned out.

The camera is just one of the many modern items of equipment that Dounreay is using to detect small amounts of radioactive material which had remained hidden in plant vessels and pipework and which had been "written off" during the days when the plants were operational. As the decommissioning of the plants gathers pace, it is important to ensure that the location of all nuclear material is identified and recorded. More: http://www.ukaea.org.uk/sites/dounreay_project_updates.htm#Dec0603

EXHIBITIONS ON PARTICLES SHORT-LIST
Dounreay is to continue consulting the public on the options for dealing with radioactive particles in the marine environment during 2007. Following the initial stage consultation carried out in 2006, UKAEA has made good progress building up a fuller picture of the extent of the contamination and publication of the Dounreay Particles Advisory Group's 3rd report means the site is now in a position to seek views on a short-list of clean-up options.

Exhibitions giving members of the public an opportunity to find out about the work to date and the next steps to identify the best practicable environmental option will take place at:

Royal Hotel, Thurso - 1030-2030hrs, Monday January 15
Victoria Hall, Reay - 1230-2030hrs, Tuesday, January 16
Castletown Drill Hall - 1030-2030hrs, Wednesday, January 17
Mackays Hotel, Wick - 1030-2030hrs, Thursday, January 18
Independently-facilitated workshops will take place in February when various groups will look at the potential options in depth and views taken into account on the relative importance of the option criteria. More:
http://www.ukaea.org.uk/sites/dounreay_particles_in_the_marine_environment.htm

TESTS TO IDENTIFY UNUSUAL OBJECT FOUND ON BEACH
During a routine survey at Sandside Beach on December 15, a radioactive object was discovered towards the eastern end of the beach, lying in seaweed close to the water's edge. The object appeared to be made of a dark-coloured plastic, and was about eight inches by three inches in area and over an inch thick. It appeared to have been partly melted or burnt.

Following laboratory measurements conducted at Dounreay, the object was found to contain Caesium137 at a level of about 4,600 bequerels. The radioactivity was found to be more concentrated in the central area. What appears to be a plastic item, with a rubber-like cap, is located within it and is of interest in trying to identify the origin of the find. More:
http://www.ukaea.org.uk/news/2006/21_12_06.html

PEEDIE BEACH IS SURVEYED
Dounreay's monitoring contractor carried out a survey of Peedie Beach in Dunnet Bay between December 27-29, as part of the site's programme to detect and retrieve radioactive materials from the environment. No particles were detected and UKAEA will be carrying out checks on completeness of coverage.

REACTOR BOSS GOES BACK TO COAL FACE
Mike Brown, the Dounreay Fast Reactor's Decommissioning Manager recently went 'back to the floor' to experience first hand a day in the life of his DFR team. Read on as Mike recounts his day. More: http://www.ukaea.org.uk/sites/dounreay_project_updates.htm#Dec0604

DOUNREAY KEEPS CLUBS IN THE PICTURE
Dounreay has sponsored Thurso Camera Club's Highland Challenge. The Highland Challenge is the premier photographic competition held annually between seven camera clubs in the Highland area, and was hosted recently by Thurso Camera Club. The all-day event took place in the All Stars Factory, Ormlie Road, Thurso.

NEW TRAINING EQUIPMENT FOR CAITHNESS UNITED
Dounreay has sponsored new training equipment for local youth football club Caithness United. The club integrates youth soccer in the county and currently runs two teams for under-13s and under-15s.

 

Related Businesses

 

Related Articles

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.  
57,000 Tonnes Of Hazardous Materials Finally Dealt With At Dounreay
Dounreay today completed the destruction of one of the most hazardous legacies of Britain's earliest atomic research.  A purpose-built chemical plant processed the last of 57,000 litres of liquid metal lifted from the primary cooling circuit of the experimental fast breeder reactor.  
Dounreay Dome Paint Job ScrappedThumbnail for article : Dounreay Dome Paint Job Scrapped
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.  
Clean-up Reveals 6000 Years Of Human HistoryThumbnail for article : Clean-up Reveals 6000 Years Of Human History
Getting rid of Britain's 20th century experiment with fast breeder nuclear reactors is illuminating the history of human settlement on Scotland's north coast stretching back 6000 years.   Archaeologists hired as part of the closure of the nuclear site at Dounreay have pieced together the legacy left by previous generations who occupied the site as long ago as 4000BC.  
New Report Lists Radioactive Wastes At DounreayThumbnail for article : New Report Lists Radioactive Wastes At Dounreay
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has published the latest edition of the UK's radioactive waste inventory.   This sets out the type and volumes of radioactive waste at sites such as Dounreay, as of April 1, 2010.  
Nuclear Shutdown Cash Boost For School Skills
Cash from the closure of the fast reactor site at Dounreay is set to breed a new generation of engineers and scientists in the Scottish Highlands.   The money from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority will fund half the cost of a 50,000 project to increase the number of school-leavers skilled in science, technology, engineering and maths.  
New Vaults Signal Start Of Waste ClearanceThumbnail for article : New Vaults Signal Start Of Waste Clearance
The clearance of tens of thousands of tonnes of radioactive waste from the redundant nuclear site at Dounreay today moved a step closer.   Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd announced the formal award of a contract to develop a disposal site for low-level waste from the decommissioning and closure of the site.  
Ex UKAEA Boss Appointed To Crown Estates Board
THE CROWN ESTATE REAPPOINTS CHRIS BARTRAM, AND APPOINTS DIPESH SHAH OBE AND ANTHONY WHITE AS NON-EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS The Crown Estate has announced yesterday, 22 December 2010, the re-appointment of Chris Bartram and the appointment of Dipesh Shah and Anthony White as Non-Executive Board Members.   Chris Bartram, who has held the appointment as Crown Estate Board Member for four years has been reappointed for a further four year term with effect from 1 January 2011.  
Dounreay Boss Welcomed Funding Announcement
Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd recently welcomed an announcement about how much public money will be available to continue nuclear clean-up in the UK.   DSRL manages the closure of the site on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, which today confirmed that its total expenditure, including income generated, would be maintained at current levels of around 3bn a year.  
French Nuclear Experts At Dounreay
Four experts from the Autorit de Suret Nucleaire, the French nuclear safety inspectorate, spent a day at Dounreay discussing the decommissioning of alkali metal cooled fast reactors.   The visit was hosted by the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate as part of international collaboration over nuclear health and safety matters.  

[Printer Friendly Version]