Caithness Map :: Links to Site Map Great value Unlimited Broadband from an award winning provider  


DFR Breeder Builds International Links

14th November 2006

Photograph of DFR Breeder Builds International Links

Following the installation of the 25 tonne crane that is now impressively taking centre stage high over the partially clad building, the interior construction work is rapidly progressing and the layout of the pioneering plant to remove the breeder elements from DFR is beginning to take shape.

A site inspector and an assessor from the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NII) have recently accompanied members of the project team to the offices of SGN in Cherbourg, the French company appointed to design, manufacture and install the process cell. This is the cell and associated equipment responsible for dismantling the breeder elements by removing the cladding and exposing the uranium slugs in preparation for packaging into 500 litre drums ready for storage.

Taking the NII inspectors to view the development of plant equipment at such an early stage shows the forward thinking nature adopted by the project team and how UKAEA and its regulators are working closely together to forge valuable worldwide links as we decommission our facilities. The 6.7 million contract was awarded to SGN, who have existing expertise as designers and manufacturers of similar equipment for La Haugue, the large French reprocessing plant.

Claude Bonnet, project manager for SGN, has been involved with the project from the start and said: "We are delighted to be working with UKAEA on this challenging mission to remove the breeder elements from the Dounreay sphere. It is very rewarding for our company to play a key role in helping to decommission one of the world's first fast reactors."

SGN have commenced trials to test the design of the process cell prior to shipping and subsequent installation in the breeder plant early next year. The containment building is expected to be wind and water tight by January 2007, with setting to work scheduled to start during the summer.

Peter Poulton, UKAEA senior project manager for the project, said: "The breeder removal project is a clear example of the benefits of an alliance of companies working together and how expanding beyond this to work with our international partners and sharing our knowledge and experience recoups such positive results. The project team have also maintained an exemplary safety record at the plant, which is a credit to everyone involved."

The work on site is being undertaken for UKAEA on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority by ALSTEC, with the support of local contractors Isleburn Structural Services, G&A Barnie Ltd, Arch Henderson LLP, Mowat Design, Pentland Construction and Hugh Simpson Contractors Ltd. Other members of the Alliance are AREVA NP (formerly Framatome) who are providing the breeder retrieval equipment and WS&H who are providing the flask handling equipment.

The breeder removal is due to start in 2009 and will take approximately three years to complete subject to consents.


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 - 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]