The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority Mission Progress Report 2023
7th November 2023
This report shows the progress being made against the NDA mission to decommission the UK's earliest nuclear sites safely, securely and cost effectively.
The NDA Mission Progress Report (MPR) demonstrates the progress being made across the NDA group since 2005, and how much work there is left to do over the next 120-plus years.
‘Progress' is described as the work being done in four important areas to reduce the hazards at our sites. Those areas are set out in our Strategy:
integrated waste management
site decommissioning and remediation.
There are many different ways in which the Report describes the progress we've made. Some of those include how many buildings we've demolished, how much fuel we've reprocessed and how much waste we've treated and stored. We’ve used the same metrics for land, buildings and nuclear inventory, providing a clearer and more consistent picture for people to understand.
The following milestones were all completed in the financial year 2022 to 2023 thanks to reprocessing coming to an end:
All Magnox reprocessing completed
All exotic fuel reprocessing completed
All plutonium produced
All uranium produced
This means we have now completed 8 of our 47 strategic outcomes.
A number of very early experimental reactors tested novel kinds of fuel, producing spent fuel with distinctive characteristics. There is
a much smaller quantity of these diverse,non-standard types compared to oxide and Magnox fuels, and they are collectively known as Spent exotic fuels. Only one reactor still contains exotic fuel - the Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR).
Read the full report HERE
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The NDA Draft Business Plan sets out key activities and expected progress for all 17 of the NDA's nuclear sites over the next 3 years. We want to hear from anyone who has a comment on any aspect of this document.
NRS is delighted to announce that we are recruiting over 30 level 2 - 6 engineering and business apprentices to deliver our decommissioning mission. John Vickerman, Chief People Officer, commented: "NRS is an exciting place to be.
Leaders from the UK's Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), and the Korea Radioactive Waste Agency (KORAD) signed their second cooperation statement. Yesterday, Monday 20 November 2023, leaders from the UK's Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), and the Korea Radioactive Waste Agency (KORAD) reaffirmed their commitment to share their knowledge, experience and technology in relation to the management of radioactive waste.
Today, Monday 20 November, the NDA has opened registration for its tenth nuclear decommissioning supply chain event, which will be held at The International Centre in Telford on 27 June 2024. Launched in 2011, the supply chain event has gone on to attract a total of around 10,000 visitors from more than 20 countries over the years, representing thousands of companies both large and small.
A key programme of work at the Low Level Waste Repository in Cumbria is making real progress. The Repository, which is part of Nuclear Waste Services (NWS) and manages disposal of the UK's low level radioactive waste, has started key work on the final capping of historic trenches and vaults which are now full and ready for permanent closure.
Nuclear Waste Services (NWS) and Women in Nuclear (WiN UK) hosted an event for young people to promote and showcase career opportunities in the nuclear industry. Around 150 students attended the first ever Nuclear Connection Science Fair in Oxford, hosted by NWS and Women in Nuclear (WiN UK) on 10 November 2023.
The nuclear industry is growing, as is the NDA's mission, creating a wealth of exciting opportunities with the number of graduate opportunities available in the NDA group doubling this year to more than 120. Roles are available in dozens of different professional disciplines, right across the UK, to help safely and sustainably decommission the nation's oldest nuclear sites and support specialist nuclear waste and transport businesses.
ROBOTS at Sellafield are delivering breakthroughs at the site with learnings shared with the wider nuclear industry. The use of robots is increasingly commonplace at Sellafield, helping to make work safer, faster, and cheaper, and delivering valuable lessons for other nuclear sites in the UK.
Magnox Ltd has changed its brand and from 31st October 2023 will be known as Nuclear Restoration Services (NRS). Chief Executive Officer, Rob Fletcher said: "This is more than a change of sign - it is a demonstration of the organisation we want to be - delivery focused, transformative, innovative and growing." A world leader in its field, NRS is responsible for safely decommissioning the first generation nuclear and research sites across the UK and restoring the sites for all our futures.
An updated list of suppliers to Dounreay was published on 30 October 2023. LINC with Dounreay Category 1 suppliers as of 21 March 2023.