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.
This film, produced by AEA Technology in 1994, looks back on the history of the fast reactor development programme at Dounreay..
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.
The biggest networking event in Europe for nuclear decommissioning will be held in Manchester. 2 November 2017.
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.
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.
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