Graduates Start At Dounreay
10th August 2016
Ten new graduates started their careers at Dounreay this week as the company's graduate development programme entered its second year.
Applications to the scheme soared after the success of last year's first ever graduate intake, with more than 200 applications received. Candidates were put through their paces at a two-day assessment centre before the successful few were chosen.
The new starters will follow a comprehensive induction process and get an opportunity to meet with senior managers before beginning work in their new roles.
Phil Craig, Dounreay's Managing Director, said: "Graduates have a critical part to play in decommissioning Dounreay. Our new recruits are enthusiastic and bring a new set of skills to help us progress towards the site’s interim end state. It is also good news for our local area and I am now looking forward to welcoming a further ten apprentices later in the year."
One of the new graduates, Michael Tait, grew up in nearby Barrock and studied Chemical Engineering at Heriot- Watt University. He said: "I am delighted to be one of the ten people joining the team this year and I look forward to gaining first-hand engineering experience on one of Europe’s toughest decommissioning projects. Dounreay is a major employer in our area, so I know this is a great starting point to build my career."
Once the United Kingdom’s centre of fast reactor research and development, Dounreay is on an ambitious journey to be recognised as the European reference site for nuclear decommissioning. The skilled workforce is delivering a varied programme incorporating construction, demolition and waste management projects. Its mission is to return the site to as near as practicable its original condition.
The clean-up of the nuclear estate is a key priority for both the Scottish and United Kingdom governments. Dounreay's decommissioning is well established with the site due to reach an interim end state by the early 2030s.
A major upgrade and expansion of Dounreay's Thurso town centre office has been completed. David Flear, Chair of Dounreay Stakeholder Group, officially reopened the building which sits at the entrance to the high street and has been the site's public information office for almost a decade.
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 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.
Amec Foster Wheeluker has been awarded a contract to design and build a new effluent treatment plant at Dounreay. The agreement signals a landmark move for the Caithness site as the first to incorporate socio-economic commitments following the introduction of a new procurement policy earlier this year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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