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December 17, 2014

ONR Publishes 2015 to 2020 strategy

Author: Admin - Categories: Office of Nuclear Regulation (ONR), Safety - Tags: ,

The Office for Nuclear Regulation has published its new strategy. The strategy provides the Board’s vision and direction
for ONR and nuclear regulation for the next 5 years, which is to be:ONR logo

An exemplary regulator that inspires respect, trust and confidence.

In his introduction to the new strategy, Nick Baldwin, ONR Chair, explains “We want to be acknowledged as a first class organisation by our peers and stakeholders.”

To deliver the vision, ONR will focus on three key strategic themes:

  • Influencing improvements in nuclear safety and security
  • Achievement of our vision through ONR’s people
  • Inspiring a climate of stakeholder respect, trust and confidence.

ONR Strategy 2015 to 2020

December 12, 2014

Fifth sword for Wylfa

Author: Admin - Categories: decommissioning, Magnox, Safety, Wylfa - Tags:

Magnox’s Wylfa Site has won a prestigious Sword of Honour from the British Safety Council for the fifth time.WYLFA-sword-300x200

Wylfa was one of 50 organisations worldwide that achieved a Sword of Honour, which is awarded to organisations who have demonstrated excellence in the management of health and safety.

In order to compete for the Sword of Honour, an organisation first had to achieve the maximum five stars in the British Safety Council’s health and safety and environmental management audit scheme in the period August 2013 – July 2014, and demonstrate to an independent panel of experts that they are excellent in their health and safety or environmental management throughout the business – from the shop floor to the boardroom.

Fred Brookes, Wylfa’s Environment, Health, Safety, Security and Quality Manager, said: “It is an honour to be recognised again by the British Safety Council. Ensuring that every single person on site goes home safely is our priority and I am proud of the safety culture that has grown at Wylfa. The fact we have won the Sword of Honour again demonstrates Magnox’s commitment to continuously improving our health, safety and environmental performance.”

Alex Botha, chief executive of the British Safety Council, said: “Our warmest congratulations to 50 of our member organisations who have won the Sword of Honour and the five organisations who have won the Globe of Honour. These awards recognise and celebrate the excellence of the winning organisations and their employees in managing health, safety and environmental risks.

“What all of the Sword and Globe winning organisations share is a commitment and resolve to achieve the highest standards of health, safety and/ or environmental management and to keep their employees and those affected by their work activities healthy and safe. We are delighted that they are partners in helping achieve our vision that no one should be injured or made ill at work.”

© Magnox 2014


Telling the Windscale story

Author: Admin - Categories: decommissioning, sellafield, Windscale

Fifty seven years after the UK’s worst nuclear incident, the skyline in West Cumbria is set to change forever as Sellafield Ltd

Final ventilation chimney of the Windscale Piles is set to be dismantled

Final ventilation chimney of the Windscale Piles is set to be dismantled

tackles the crucial task of bringing the second and final ventilation chimney of the Windscale Piles to the ground.

The Windscale Piles, with their two distinctive ventilation chimneys, were built in the early days of the Cold War to provide the Government of the day with plutonium for the production of a nuclear deterrent, helping the UK retain its seat at the top table in the global power struggle that followed the Second World War.

Standing at 110m tall – taller than the Statue of Liberty – some 5,000 tonnes of concrete, steel and brick will be carefully dismantled, monitored to check for any remaining contamination and disposed of safely.


December 8, 2014

First glimpse of Bradwell reactor building makeover

Author: Admin - Categories: Bradwell, Magnox

Bradwell Site’s reactor buildings are beginning to sport a fresh new look as demolition and weather protection work BRW-Reactor-1-building-cladding-300x223progresses at the Magnox site – giving an initial insight to how the site will look when it enters care and maintenance.

The site’s two reactor buildings have now been separated for the first time since they were built in the 1950s following demolition of a central change building which joined them together, allowing additional workfaces to be opened up to progress the installation of the aluminum cladding.

The cladding, which will provide weather protection for the site during the care and maintenance phase of its lifecycle, has started to be revealed on boiler house one, the first of the four former boiler houses to be completed and the scaffolding removed. Around 60 tonnes of scaffolding is being taken down after nearly two years of concealing the 144ft high structure.

To date 7,377m2 of cladding, out of the total of 28,000m2, has been installed, with the approach being to clad the four boiler houses first and then and work inwards to the reactor buildings themselves.

Scott Raish, Bradwell Site Director, said: “Separating the two reactor buildings really is marking the end of an era for Bradwell but also highlights progress being made at the site. Now the buildings are separated, the work to clad the reactors can continue and we will begin to see more of what the site will look like in care and maintenance – this work demonstrates our commitment to safely and securely deliver the Magnox work programme.”

© Magnox 2014


Final boiler leaves Berkeley

Author: Admin - Categories: berkeley, decommissioning, Magnox, studsvik

Nearly 18 months ago the town of Berkeley came to a standstill as the final 310 tonne boiler left the near-by BRK-final-boilers-300x173decommissioning nuclear power station. November marked the end of the Berkeley boilers half century life span as the final piece of the last metal giant is smelted at Studsvik’s specialist facility in Sweden, with only around 3% of secondary residues to be returned to Low Level Waste Repository (LLWR) for final disposal early next year.

Simon Bedford, Magnox Project Manager, said: “This marks the end of a huge hazard reduction project for Berkeley site.  Our aim is to reduce risk and cost associated with the Magnox decommissioning programme through innovative approaches and this was no exception. By working collaboratively with Studsvik and LLWR, we were able to achieve a very positive outcome recycling around 95% of the boilers back in to the metal market. We are always focused on delivering value to the NDA and the UK taxpayer and this work is an example of how we are leading the way in UK nuclear decommissioning at our sites.”

The project began back in 2011 when Studsvik was appointed the main contractor to LLWR Ltd on behalf of Magnox for the removal, transport and treatment of the first five of fifteen boilers from the Berkeley site.  The preparatory work began late 2011 and first boiler was lifted on 1 March 2012 with all five boilers being off-site and in Sweden by 6 April.  Treatment of the boilers began at Studsvik’s facilities in mid-April and the final boiler was treated by the end of the year.  Following on from this achievement, in November 2012 Studsvik was subsequently awarded the contract for the final 10 boilers at the site.

Studsvik worked with subcontractors to transport and treat over 4000 tonnes of metal in less than 36 months, saving in excess of 5500 cubic metres of space at the LLWR, the equivalent of 291 half height ISO containers. This is a huge achievement and is evidence of direct application of the government waste hierarchy and an excellent example of technology and collaboration combined in the ultimate recycling project.

The final boiler was transported through Berkeley town centre to Sharpness docks on 15 March 2013.  Once at the docks it was loaded onto a barge and taken down the river Severn to Avonmouth and on to a sea-going vessel to Studsvik’s nuclear licensed site in Sweden for treatment.

In September, Studsvik hosted a commemorative event in recognition of the huge success of the Berkeley boilers project.  Key individuals and stakeholders involved in the project were invited to Studsvik’s nuclear licensed site in Sweden to witness the treatment of the last of the 15 boilers that were removed from the Magnox Berkeley site in 2012 and 2013.  During the visit, representatives from Magnox and LLWR were presented with engraved plaques that Studsvik had fabricated from completely free released steel from the recycled Berkeley boilers.

The group, which included Studsvik, Magnox and LLWR personnel, undertook a tour of the boilers journey at the site in Studsvik, starting at the harbour where the boilers arrived, before visiting the specialist large components storage hall, the cutting booth and finally moving to the melting facility where the final treatment process takes place. During the tour the guests were able to witness the last remaining portion of boiler 15 being size reduced and sectioned then shot blasted and eventually being sent to the furnace for the final melt.

The Berkeley boilers project has had many successes, however the most tangible is the sheer amount of metal recycled at the Studsvik facility, saving valuable space in the LLWR and contributing significantly to the implementation of the UK Government’s National LLW Policy.

© Magnox 2014

December 3, 2014

Sellafield Ltd named as one of UK’s leading graduate employers

Author: Admin - Categories: NDA, sellafield - Tags:

Sellafield Ltd, the company responsible for cleaning up Europe’s most complex nuclear site, has been named as one of Sellafield-New-aerial-08-304x200the best graduate employers in the UK.

The Job Crowd ‘Top 100 Graduate Employers’ list covers all industries and sectors, with the only qualifying criteria being that a firm must take on more than 30 graduates each year to be eligible for consideration – placing Sellafield Ltd in a category alongside major national and multi-national companies.

Rankings are based on thousands of reviews gathered independently by the Job Crowd from employees who have taken positions on company graduate schemes. The list is aimed at informing university students who are about to graduate which companies offer the best schemes and potential career development.

Sellafield Ltd, a Nuclear Management Partners company, ranked 27th, ahead of companies like Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls Royce, BT and Tesco.

Colin Reed, Director of Human Resources at Sellafield Ltd said: “One of Sellafield Ltd’s most important investments is in the skills and development of the next generation of professionals.

“The nuclear industry is entering an exciting phase, decommissioning the UK’s nuclear legacy will take at least the next 100 years; this creates a real opportunity for graduates looking to carve out a successful career in a growing sector, for many year to come.

“Being recognised as one of the best graduate employers in the UK demonstrates the commitment Sellafield Ltd shows towards developing the skills and knowledge of those who have graduated, helping them to succeed as a professional expert in their chosen discipline.”

Over the past three years Sellafield Ltd has more than doubled the number of graduates it recruits, from 30 places in 2011/12 to 62 in 2013/2014. This, coupled with two successive record apprentice intakes, is contributing to make the site and local area a more vibrant place to live and work.

Graduate development lead, Clare Bainbridge, said: “We are delighted to have made this prestigious list. The graduate market is very competitive and companies need to run great schemes in order to get the best people applying each year.

“Sellafield is a great place to start your career, and clearly those taking part in the scheme agree. Nuclear is a growth industry, and the important, challenging work we are undertaking at the site is so diverse that graduates really can build a rewarding career here in a secure, stable environment.

“We are always looking to improve the scheme, and one of the most pleasing things written in the reviews was that we’d made changes based on feedback from previous years’ intakes.”

“Of course – graduates enjoyment of a scheme is not just based on the scheme itself directly, but also on how well we work with recruits to help them settle into the company and the area. For example we do a lot of work to help ensure they know how important Sellafield is in the local community by getting them involved. This year the graduates helped Copeland Occupational and Social Centre at Maryport to renovate their gardens as well as tidying the grounds of Whitehaven cemetery.”

Dale McQueen, joint winner of Sellafield Ltd’s ‘Graduate of the Year’, said: “The company has been really receptive of our ideas to improve the graduate scheme, and works with us to make us part of the process.

“It is no surprise that we have been ranked in the top 30 graduate employers – the work on offer is challenging and varied, the location is second to none and there’s a great work-life balance. Put simply – it’s a great place to work.”

A number of other companied who work on the Sellafield site also made the top 100, including URS, a partner in Sellafield Ltd’s parent body organisation Nuclear Management Partners. Supply chain companies including Mace Limited, Costain Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall, Atos and Mott MacDonald.


November 21, 2014

ACI’s Nuclear Decommissioning & Waste Management Summit – 18th& 19th Feb. 2015

Author: Admin - Categories: decommissioning, EU, NIA, NNL, Uncategorized, waste management - Tags:

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ACI’s 2nd Nuclear Decommissioning & Waste Management Summit will address the key issues faced by the consortia committed to nuclear decommissioning projects. This will include the establishment of working relationships and gaining contracts and beyond that excellence in operational procedures. The conference will focus on existing and potential projects across Europe for the sake of establishing new business and innovation in waste management and on-site procedures.

Key Topics:

  • Nuclear Energy and Decommissioning in the EU
  • Decommissioning Experience in Europe; Progress so Far & Future Opportunities
  • On Site Decommissioning, Care and Maintenance
  • Waste and Compounds Characterisation – Waste Hierarchy and Packaging
  • Challenges in Transportation of Nuclear Waste Materials
  • Community Connection to the Project & Socio Economics in Contracting
  • Disposal Authorisation & On-Going Discussion on Safety Issues
  • Update on Spent fuel and waste management during decommissioning
  • Cutting Edge Technologies & R&D Highlights
  • Enhancing Business Relationships & Developing New Professionals in the Nuclear Decommissioning & Waste Management Supply Chain

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Confirmed speakers at the event are from:

Burges Salmon Nuclear Team & NIA Decommissioning Group * NIA * PCubed * Electrabel – GDF SUEZ * LLW Repository Ltd * Dounreay * Environment Agency * Office for Nuclear Regulation * GE Hitachi * Kreab Gavin Anderson * National Nuclear Laboratory * Nuclear Technologies * Advanced Robotic Technology Ltd * Paul Traub Associates and many more

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November 7, 2014

New apprenticeships created at Sellafield

Author: Admin - Categories: NDA, sellafield, Training - Tags:

The company responsible for cleaning up Europe’s most complex nuclear site, Sellafield Ltd, is creating a record number of new

One of Sellafield Ltd’s most important investments is the skills and development of the next generation of professionals.

One of Sellafield Ltd’s most important investments is the skills and development of the next generation of professionals.

apprenticeships – and 24 per cent of them are female, seven times the national average for the sector.

The new recruits are mostly aged between 16 and 18, have started their new careers, joining up with local training provider Gen2 for the first year of their programmes before moving on to roles with Sellafield Ltd.

They can all look forward to careers in a highly skilled industry after a first-class three-and-a-half year training experience, with a job in the nuclear industry guaranteed for those who successfully complete the course.

The complicated and difficult job of cleaning up the legacy of one of the world’s earliest nuclear sites will last for at least the next 100 years. This vitally important work is underpinned by an annual government investment of close to £1.8 billion, which is made by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), via the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

The new intake numbers represent an encouraging trend, with the average number of apprentices in the six years since Nuclear Management Partners took over the running of Sellafield Ltd in 2008 now at 110, double the average number for the six years before.

Copeland MP Jamie Reed said: “It is vitally important that we grow the skills base in the UK so that we can respond to the challenges posed by industry. Investment in the education and training of young people is an important route to helping build a more sustainable industrial future. I am pleased to see the taxpayer receive a return on the Government’s significant investment of taxpayers’ money at Sellafield.

“The chance to complete an apprenticeship offers a route to raise the aspirations of young people, and it is very encouraging to hear that those who successfully complete the course will have a secure, well paid job at the end of it, where they’ll be performing the important duty of contributing to the decommissioning of Sellafield.

“And if they choose to go down a different career path they’ll do so with a fantastic qualification and bags of experience in nuclear and energy, which is a growth industry.”

October 24, 2014

Oldbury 50 per cent defuelled

Author: Admin - Categories: decommissioning, Magnox, Oldbury, sellafield, Sizewell

The decommissioning of Oldbury nuclear power station has passed a major milestone as more than half of the site’s 52,060 fuel elements haveOldbury defuelling now been removed from its two reactors. 

Mike Heaton, Oldbury Site Director, said: “This is a significant milestone in Oldbury’s lifecycle. The reactors are now half empty and over 19504 fuel elements have been shipped to Sellafield.

“We are now focused on removing all the remaining spent fuel from site, which will remove over 99 per cent of the total radioactivity from Oldbury.”

Once the fuel is removed from the reactors, it is stored for a number of weeks in cooling ponds on site before being shipped in fuel flasks to Sellafield for reprocessing.

Around 180 further flask shipments are required to finish defuelling at the site, which Magnox hope to complete early in 2016.

Tim Dunham, Defuelling Director, added: “The Oldbury team is doing a great job defuelling both the reactors. Retrieving all the spent fuel for reprocessing is a key milestone in the Magnox programme and when complete will allow Oldbury to enter the decommissioning phase of its lifetime.”

Oldbury’s success follows on from that of Sizewell A site, where defuelling of reactors was completed in August.

© Magnox 2014


Dounreay projects protect and promote site’s natural environment

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Dounreay’s 140 acres cover a variety of habitats, including maritime grassland and heath, cliffs, seashore, the Mill Lade and grassland. EachDounreay environment habitat attracts a unique range of biodiversity onto the site.

Biodiversity, short for biological diversity, is the term used to describe the variety of life found on Earth, and all of the natural processes. This includes ecosystem, genetic and cultural diversity, and the connections between these and all species.

The perimeter fence helps make the site a haven for wildlife and plants.  Bird species that breed on the site include Common gulls, Eider ducks, Arctic terns, Oystercatchers, Song thrushes and ravens.

 There is evidence of owls, particularly in the small copse of trees outside the fence to the south east of the site. Recent work to encourage owls to breed in the copse saw the installation of nesting boxes. While no owls nested there last year, a family of jackdaws took advantage of the ready-made home.

Diverse insects such as bumble bees and butterflies are often to be found feeding on the wildflowers within the fence.

With such a range of natural biodiversity to be found, Dounreay has made a commitment to protect it by minimising the impact of its activities on the environment.

A Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) has been produced which contains actions to protect and promote the flora and fauna on the site.

It includes the bee meadow project, which was set up as a foraging area four years ago to encourage bumble bees onto site; the vegetation trials project which looks to find suitable habitats for the site’s end state; and the monitoring of the Scottish primroses that were moved during the construction of the new LLW vaults.

This year’s bee surveys showed that a number of bee species use the meadow, including the Great yellow bumblebee, White-tailed bumblebee, Common carder bee and the Garden bumblebee. All the species are fairly common, apart from the Great yellow which is now only found on the north coast and islands of Scotland, and in Ireland.

Towards the end of every summer the bee meadow is cut and the cuttings removed from the meadow to reduce the nutrient levels in the soil. This limits the amount of grass that grows and allows wildflowers to flourish. Some of the wildflower species include Kidney vetch, Common knapweed, Meadow vetchling, Birds-foot trefoil, Yellow rattle, Devils-bit scabious, Red and White clover, and Meadow foxtail to name a few.

The area next to the meadow will be developed into a ground-nesting bird habitat. It will use the grass cuttings from the bee meadow and be seeded to provide protection from the elements and from predators.

A new project included in the latest BAP is to develop the area adjacent to the new labs with wildflower species, rather than simply planting grass seed. The area was de-stoned and rotovated, then seeded at the end of July. The wildflower species will be monitored regularly.

All of the actions included in the latest version of the BAP are due to be completed by the end of 2016.