Dounreay Welcomes Suppliers For Day Of Collaboration
26th May 2018
More than 200 people packed into the Weigh Inn hotel in Thurso this week as Dounreay Site Restoration Limited and supply chain partners shared plans and ideas about the decommissioning of the site.
Leading nuclear firms mixed with numerous small and medium sized enterprises for the event which was attended by those who either support the site through existing framework contracts or have registered for the innovative ‘LINC with Dounreay' scheme. LINC, launched last year, encourages small businesses to work together to pioneer solutions for decommissioning challenges.
Dounreay's Head of Commercial Services Stephen Adamson said: "The supply chain has been working at Dounreay since the very first day of construction 6 decades ago. They have played an important role since then and we believe they can help us even more as we prepare to meet the challenges we expect in the next phase of the clean-up programme.
"Dounreay has a talented workforce which has unparalleled knowledge of the site. We are looking for the supply chain to supplement that, bringing experience and ideas from elsewhere, to work alongside us and ensure we have a world-leading team to decommission what is recognised as Europe’s most complex nuclear closure contract."
Companies attending listened to presentations covering upcoming work in each of the site’s main areas, including reactor clean-up and waste management. The room was then transformed for the afternoon with companies exhibiting and showcasing the work they have delivered elsewhere.
The event culminated with the launch of the company’s third LINC with Dounreay project. Registered companies have 4 weeks to respond to the challenge and come up with a solution to help with the way sampling of floor slabs is undertaken. Full details can be found on the LINC with Dounreay page.
Details of upcoming opportunities for the supply chain can be found in Dounreay’s latest procurement plan which is updated regularly.
Employees from across the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority group have been honoured at a prestigious national awards ceremony in London. The Women in Nuclear (WiN) Annual Awards recognises those who have gone above and beyond to promote gender balance and diversity across the nuclear sector.
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As part of the nuclear sector deal, to foster ever-stronger links between the British and Japanese nuclear industry, Councillor Struan Mackie who represents Thurso and North West Caithness on Highland Council (Deputy-Chair of the Dounreay Stakeholder Group) undertook a five day Japanese visit to discuss the impact of nuclear decommissioning on local communities with stakeholders in Tsuruga City, Fukui prefecture. The whistle-stop visit included two days in Tsuruga on , the home of the Japanese Atomic Energy Agencies fast reactor ‘Monju', is generally regarded to be a ‘partner plant' to Dounreay's PFR in Caithness.
Dounreay's latest supplier information day, hosted jointly with companies appointed to its decommissioning services framework, has proved popular with companies from around the UK. Around 200 people packed into a venue in Wick, Caithness to hear about plans for future work to decommission the site.
Construction work on the latest radioactive waste store at Dounreay is setting records. The concrete floor slab has just been completed ahead of schedule and with an excellent safety record.
This latest approval brings the total number of schemes authorised by TPR up to 35, following the approval of the University of Oxford Staff Pension Scheme earlier this month (8 October). CNPP is an industry-wide scheme, set up in 2006, for workers in the nuclear decommissioning industry.
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 ‘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.
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