Waste contract signals Dounreay's community commitment
2nd October 2016
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.
Head of Commercial, Stephen Adamson, said: "As a major employer in the area we take our responsibility to support the future of our community seriously. New guidelines, introduced earlier this year, ensure that our biggest suppliers think about how they can help contribute and we are delighted with the way the supply chain, including Amec Foster Wheeler, has responded."
The work, worth up to £7 million, is expected to begin as early as next year with the plant set to support the retrieval, processing and packaging of waste from the site's shaft and wet silo areas.
Andy White, Vice President for Decommissioning at Amec Foster Wheeler, said: "We share Dounreay's commitment to the development of communities where we work. We will be engaging the local supply chain to deliver major aspects of this contract as well as offering subject matter experts to support local education programmes and secondment opportunities for Dounreay graduates to gain experience within Amec Foster Wheeler."
Dounreay was once the United Kingdom's centre of fast reactor research and development, and now is on an ambitious journey to deliver one of Europe’s most complex nuclear closure programmes. 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.
In this aerial photo supplied by Dounreay the shaft is below the dome.
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.
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.
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.
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