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Nuclear Decommissioning Agency Update - New Transport and Waste DivisionsThumbnail for article : Nuclear Decommissioning Agency Update - New Transport and Waste Divisions
Issued by David Peattie, Group CEO and Accounting Officer, NDA.   I am pleased to be able to share with you some significant developments within the NDA around our transport and waste businesses, further underlining our One NDA approach to working more collaboratively and efficiently to clean up the UK's earliest civil nuclear sites.  
£12m UK-Japan Robotics Deal For Fusion Energy And Nuclear Decommissioning ResearchThumbnail for article : £12m UK-Japan Robotics Deal For Fusion Energy And Nuclear Decommissioning Research
UK-Japan relationship in nuclear science boosted by robotics and automation.   Britain and Japan have signed a research and technology deployment collaboration to help automate nuclear decommissioning and aspects of fusion energy production.  
Multi-million Design Contract Secured For Dounreay Waste Repackaging FacilityThumbnail for article : Multi-million Design Contract Secured For Dounreay Waste Repackaging Facility
The Decommissioning Services Framework (DDF) Alliance, led by Cavendish Nuclear and supported by KDC Contractors (Veolia) and BAM Nuttall (BAM), has been successfully awarded a contract for the design of a new waste repackaging facility at the Dounreay nuclear site.   The programme of work is expected to run until early 2022 and forms part of Dounreay Site Restoration Limited's (DSRL's) Decommissioning Services Framework.  
Mark Rouse appointed as Managing Director of DounreayThumbnail for article : Mark Rouse appointed as Managing Director of Dounreay
Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL) has announced the appointment of Mark Rouse as its Managing Director.   Mark took up the position of Managing Director in March 2020 but will now move from the current parent body organisation to Dounreay Site Restoration Limited to continue leading the business when it becomes an NDA subsidiary on 1 April 2021.  
Changes to criminal court businessThumbnail for article : Changes to criminal court business
Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has responded to the Lord President's decision to reduce the number of criminal trials as part of efforts to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).   The Justice Secretary said:"I welcome the Lord President's decisive action, which balances the interests of justice with the very serious public health challenges presented by the new variant of the coronavirus (COVID-19).  
Significant Milestone Reached With Concrete 'mega Pour'Thumbnail for article : Significant Milestone Reached With Concrete 'mega Pour'
Work on Dounreay's newest radioactive waste store went up a storey last week, with the completion of a ‘mega' concrete pour.   The construction project was one of the first to re-start work on 22 June, following the easing of lock down restrictions.  
The12-week public consultation on the NDA's Draft Strategy is about to closeThumbnail for article : The12-week public consultation on the NDA's Draft Strategy is about to close
The public consultation on the NDA's Draft Strategy 4 closes at 5pm on Sunday 8th November 2020.   Because of the current Government guidance around social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have created a virtual consultation exhibition to give members of the public a chance to delve into the key themes, before making a response.  
23/9/2020
Community Groups See Investment Of Over £150k In Latest Funding RoundThumbnail for article : Community Groups See Investment Of Over £150k In Latest Funding Round
Seven community projects are to benefit from over £150k of funding following the Caithness & North Sutherland Fund's latest grant awards.   CNSFund Chairperson David Glass said "Our latest grant investments will enable community groups to deliver a wide range of improvements to benefit people living in Caithness & North Sutherland.  
Contract For World's Deepest Nuclear Clean-up Awarded At DounreayThumbnail for article : Contract For World's Deepest Nuclear Clean-up Awarded At Dounreay
Dounreay has awarded a major contract as the world's deepest nuclear clean-up job gets underway.   Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL), on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, awarded the £7.5 million contract for "advanced transition works" at the 65 metre deep shaft and silo to Nuvia and its partner Graham Construction, through the site's decommissioning framework following a competitive tendering process.  
NDA Launches Leadership Partnership To Inspire Young Nuclear ProfessionalsThumbnail for article : NDA Launches Leadership Partnership To Inspire Young Nuclear Professionals
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has today launched a year-long partnership aimed at inspiring and supporting young people in the nuclear industry.   Chief Executive David Peattie announced the NDA's partnership with the Nuclear Institute's Young Generation Network (YGN) today at a special webinar for young professionals.  
7/9/2020
Mutual exchange policy - Housing tenant consultationThumbnail for article : Mutual exchange policy - Housing tenant consultation
Highland Housing partners are asking their tenants to have their say on proposed changes to the mutual exchange policy.   Mutual Exchanges help tenants to move by swapping their homes with other tenants.  
6/9/2020
New Research On Net Zero Opportunities For Scotland's PortsThumbnail for article : New Research On Net Zero Opportunities For Scotland's Ports
A report launched by Crown Estate Scotland on 2nd September 2020 shows how Scotland's ports and harbours can tap into the huge potential created by the development of offshore wind in the years to come.   The report, titled: Ports for offshore wind: A review of the net-zero opportunity for ports in Scotland comes just months after the launch of Scotland's first offshore wind leasing round for a decade, ScotWind Leasing, which is set to kick start Scotland's new generation of offshore wind farms and build new demand for operations and maintenance facilities to support major projects.  
27/8/2020
#protectnorthhighlands Launches Offering Free Test And Protect Solution Across Caithness And SutherlandThumbnail for article : #protectnorthhighlands Launches Offering Free Test And Protect Solution Across Caithness And Sutherland
Caithness Chamber of Commerce's new Test and Protect service, #ProtectNorthHighlands, goes live today (26 August) across Caithness and Sutherland.  Offering a simple, secure way for businesses to store customer data in line with Scottish Government's requirements for Test and Protect, the service is free to all businesses across the region thanks to the generous support of Highlands and Islands Enterprise.  
NDA Calls For People To Have Their Say On Its StrategyThumbnail for article : NDA Calls For People To Have Their Say On Its Strategy
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has today published its fourth Draft Strategy and begun a 12-week public consultation.   The NDA regularly reviews its Strategy to ensure it has the right approach to decommissioning its 17 nuclear sites and benefits from the latest learning, best practice and can continue to deliver value for the taxpayer.  
20/8/2020
Caithness Chamber Of Commerce To Launch Free Test & Protect Service For North Highland Businesses
Caithness Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce that, thanks to the generous support of Highlands & Islands Enterprise, it will be launching a free, simple online service to allow hospitality businesses across the North Highlands to safely collect and store customer data in line with official guidelines to support the Scottish Government's Test & Protect Programme.   This new service, #ProtectNorthHighlands, will be launching on 26 August and will be free for any business in Caithness and Sutherland to access.  
20/8/2020
Scottish Chamber of Commerce Respond To Scottish Government Gdp Statistics For Q2 2020
Commenting on the publication of Scottish Government GDP statistics for Q2 2020, Dr Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce said: "The collapse in Scotland's GDP in the second quarter sets alarm bells ringing even if the fall was expected.  The 19.7% decline from April to June makes Scotland’s and the UK’s economies among the worst performing in Europe.  
Radioactive particles in the environment around Dounreay - Updates 17 AugustThumbnail for article : Radioactive particles in the environment around Dounreay - Updates 17 August
The updates for 2020 include - 17 August 2020 Attachment updated - Sandside beach near Dounreay particle finds 17 April 2020 Attachments updated: Dounreay foreshore particle finds Sandside near Dounreay particle finds 18 March 2020 Dounreay Foreshore particle finds document updated.   7 February 2020 Attachment updates - Dounreay foreshore particles finds and Sandside beach near Dounreay particles finds.  
Dounreay Explores Decommissioning With Robotics ExpertsThumbnail for article : Dounreay Explores Decommissioning With Robotics Experts
Dounreay is exploring ways of decommissioning with the help of robotics experts.   The nuclear site at Dounreay, which was the centre of the UK's research into fast reactor technology in the last century, is being cleaned up and taken apart.  
Nuclear Decommissioning Agency To Take Over Dounreay Site With No Job LossesThumbnail for article : Nuclear Decommissioning Agency To Take Over Dounreay Site With No Job Losses
DSRL and LLWR to become NDA subsidiaries.   The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has announced that Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL) and LLW Repository Ltd (LLWR) will become wholly owned subsidiaries of the NDA next year.  
Two Dounreay officers recognised and rewarded by Chief ConstableThumbnail for article : Two Dounreay officers recognised and rewarded by Chief Constable
Two officers based at Dounreay received prestigious awards from Chief Constable Simon Chesterman this week in recognition of their long service and good conduct.   Supt Andy Peden, who is Operational Unit Commander (OUC) at Dounreay, received a Certificate of Service, having joined us in 1980.