French Nuclear Experts At Dounreay
7th November 2010
Four experts from the Autorité de Sureté 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.
The visitors toured DFR and PFR to see the progress with fast reactor decommissioning in the UK, focusing primarily on alkali metal disposal.
They were particularly interested in learning about PFR's sodium disposal plant that set a world record by destroying 1,500 tonnes of sodium, as a similar plant is being built in France.
DSRL's Tim Curtis and Neil McLean, who were involved in commissioning and running the plant, were able to share valuable information with their French colleagues on the plant's performance.
The NII and ASN are assisting the exchange of information which will benefit both countries' nuclear decommissioning programmes.
Reactors manager Mike Brown explained: "ASN shared their experience with Super Phenix decommissioning and learned about our experiences operating SDP and NDP at Dounreay.
"The French and UK fast reactor decommissioning programmes are taking similar paths and international collaboration is helping to streamline the learning curves and ensure a safe and efficient decommissioning programme."
Half of the last remaining radioactive fuel elements jammed for decades inside the iconic Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR) have now been removed. DFR with its famous dome once led the world in fast breeder technology.
Seven Dounreay apprentices have received their indenture certificates at a special event to mark the successful conclusion of their 4-year training programme. The latest group â€˜graduating' joined the company in 2015 - the 60th year apprentices had been part of the workforce at Dounreay and the first time in more than a decade that design office apprentices had been recruited.
The first concrete pour has taken place on a new waste store at Dounreay that will be needed for the closure of the site. Dounreay awarded the contract to construct the new intermediate level waste store to GRAHAM Construction Ltd.
The event, now in its ninth year, has been an overwhelming success in engaging with the suppliers who are so essential to achieving our decommissioning mission. Since launching in 2011, the event has attracted a total of around 10,000 visitors from more than 20 countries, representing thousands of companies both large and small.
This was the NDA's third summit, and the inspirational setting of the new Coleg Menai facilities, on Anglesey in North Wales, perfectly reflected the NDAâ€™s approach to building sustainable post-nuclear communities around its estate. Some Â£4 million of funding from the NDAâ€™s socio-economic budget has been used to create a state-of-the-art educational facility at the heart of the island.
The partnership will expand access to the key Asian market that is valued at $50 billion and further underscores AECOM's leading nuclear decontamination and decommissioning capabilities. LOS ANGELES (June 17, 2019) â€” AECOM (NYSE:ACM), a premier, fully integrated global infrastructure firm, and Toshiba have signed an Alliance Agreement to work together on decommissioning nuclear reactors in Japan.
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) have completed the transfer of around 700kg of highly enriched uranium (HEU) from Dounreay, in the north of Scotland, to the US. The HEU transfer, from Dounreay to the United States, was announced by the UK Government as part of its commitment to the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit held in Washington DC.
Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL) has opened the door to dozens of companies to play an active role in supporting the delivery of Scotland's largest decommissioning project. Construction of a size reduction facility, shaft and silo decommissioning and demolition of historic active laboratories are just some of the major projects expected to be delivered as part of a decommissioning services framework, potentially worth up to Â£400 million, which was announced on Tuesday 23rd April 2019.
The fund is provided by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and administered by Dounreay in association with the Dounreay Stakeholder Group. Community organisations or charities that benefit people in Caithness and North Sutherland may be eligible for assistance from the Dounreay Communities Fund.
The first blocks of concrete have been removed from the top of one of the world's most recognisable chimneys. This marks the start of the demolition of Sellafield's Windscale Pile One stack.
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