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Robot Demolition Taking More Of Dounreay Apart

6th April 2017

Photograph of Robot Demolition Taking More Of Dounreay Apart

A robot has demolished parts of a site connected with the first reactor to achieve criticality in Scotland almost 60 years ago.

The final internal structure has been taken apart at the Dounreay Materials Test Reactor (DMTR) support building complex which now allows the building to be demolished.

The complex contained a fuel pond, waste drum store and a post irradiated examination cave - all of which have previously been decommissioned.

The final structure, a holding area for the site's solid remote handled waste, was pulled apart remotely using a robotic demolition machine (Brokk 180). It has allowed the facility ventilation system to be shut down in order to complete the last phase of decommissioning before the building structure is demolished later this year.

Project manager Bill Lambie said: "This marks the end of a lengthy campaign to decommission the DMTR complex and allows us to demolish the support building.

"It is a significant achievement, made possible through the skills, ingenuity and hard work of the engineers, supervisors and decommissioning operatives who are part of the project team, and also by working closely with other support functions."

Mark Raffle, NDA programme manager, said: “The DMTR complex is a large and significant facility which served a number of vital roles in the operation of the site, even after DMTR ceased operation.

“Its imminent demolition will be an important and very visible step in the clearance of the site and a clear demonstration of the progress being made."

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