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April 23, 2014

Sellafield Ltd SDP Preferred Bidder Announcement

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Sellafield Ltd has announced that the joint venture a.m.a has been selected as the preferred bidder for the SilosSellafield img_process Direct Encapsulation (SDP) project at Sellafield.

a.m.a is a special purpose joint venture created for the purposes of competing for this contract and consists of the French company Areva, and British companies Mace, and Atkins.

When complete, SDP will process nuclear waste recovered from the Magnox Swaf Storage Silo, one of the oldest nuclear waste silos on the Sellafield site, and package it to make it ready for long term storage. It is the only project of its kind in the world.

Sellafield Ltd’s primary focus is to safely clean up and decommission all high hazard facilities on the site, and successful completion of the SDP project will be a vital step forward in that mission. This preferred bidder announcement therefore represents a significant milestone.

Another of the key focus areas for Sellafield Ltd is to deliver a return on investment for the taxpayer, who fund activities on the site. One of the ways in which this is being delivered has been the embedding of a new acquisition strategy, which fundamentally changes the way we do business and introduces value for the tax-payer through performance based contracting with the supply chain.

Sellafield Ltd will now enter a period of preferred bidder clarification and confirmation of commitment with a.m.a whilst the contract is finalised and all legal processes are completed. The final contract award will require approval from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

Scott Reeder, Sellafield Ltd’s Chief Projects Officer: “The market recognised the challenges presented by this important and complex project and two strong joint venture organisations emerged to tender for the contract. Sellafield Ltd was very pleased with the quality, capability and commitment offered by each of these organisations.”


Windscale chimney decommissioning

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The Windscale chimneys have been a major part of the Sellafield skyline since the 1940s and work toSellafield chimney decommission the filter gallery on top of the last remaining chimney is now half way there.

Sellafield Ltd is demolishing the 530 tonne filter gallery before the chimney itself can be dismantled. This chimney worked as a ventilation shaft for Windscale Pile One which caught fire in 1957 and the filters fitted at the top of the chimney prevented much of the radioactive contamination escaping to the local area.   

Nobel prize-winning physicist John Cockcroft famously insisted that the Windscale Pile chimneys be fitted – at great expense – with high performance filters.  Since this was decided after the chimney barrels had been designed and partially built, they produced iconic bulges at the top of the structures – known as the Cockcroft’s Follies – which prevented the Windscale Fire disaster from becoming a catastrophe.

Chris Wilson, Pile Chimney Demolition Project Manager: “The contaminated filters themselves were removed not long after the fire and the chimney was then sealed up to allow the radiation to decay.  We’re now working to dismantle the filter gallery itself, which provided access to change and clean the filters.

“The filter gallery is a large, robust structure built of steel, brick and concrete at the top of the chimney.  We’re using conventional demolition techniques common in other industries but in an unconventional environment at the top of a nuclear chimney.

“Core drilling is breaking up the concrete and the rubble is then manually transferred to the ground in the small goods hoist which runs up and down the chimney.  We can only take down one tonne of rubble at a time due to the lift capacity, so doing the maths this means hundreds of trips up and down the chimney.”

Over half of the filter gallery has been demolished and it is estimated that 172  tonnes of steelwork, 66  tonnes of brick and 150 tonnes of concrete have been brought down so far.  The waste is monitored to check for any contamination and most of it has been found to be suitable for disposal to the Sellafield land fill facility

Last year the chimney was opened up for the very first time in over 17 years and the filter dismantling access gantry was pulled apart to open the chimney to the elements in preparation for dismantling.  The plan is that the filter gallery will be fully dismantled by October this year

The next stage is to remove the diffuser which is the box-like structure sitting below the filter gallery.  Preparations will be made next year to erect a tower crane next to the chimney and the 1400 tonne concrete diffuser box will be cut up using diamond wire and lowered down in seven tonne blocks.  This new approach is estimated to improve the efficiency of the demolition by over 700% – which is both safer and more cost effective.  This will ensure another skyline change at Sellafield by 2017/18 and the demolition of the chimney barrel a few years later.

Jeremy Hunt, Head of Decommissioning Projects said: “The decommissioning challenges posed by the Pile chimney are unique and no other structure in the world provides the same complexity in terms of both radiological and conventional decommissioning constraints.  There’s no instruction manual for the job and we have to prove the decommissioning techniques chosen can be used 100% safely on the congested Sellafield site.”

The chimney is 110 metres tall and there is over 5000 tonnes of materials in total to be removed during full demolition of the chimney to ground level.   It was built in the late 1940s as a ventilation shaft, rather than chimney, and discharged cooling air from one of the Windscale Pile Reactors.  The Piles were conceived in the aftermath of the war, as part of the drive to develop a nuclear deterrent.  Their primary purpose was to provide nuclear materials and the heat generated was released to atmosphere rather than harnessed to generate electricity.

Steve Slater, Head of Decommissioning said: “Almost 60 year after the Windscale Pile reactors ceased operation, the familiar landmarks of the West Cumbrian skyline are disappearing.  The chimneys were a real technical achievement in terms of construction, which minimised the effect of the fire in 1957 and are testament to the nuclear pioneers who built them.

“Today, that early pioneering spirit has been captured again, as our engineers and scientists are leading the field in developing and applying innovative technology and techniques to decommission Sellafield.  We’re using the considerable nuclear expertise built up at Sellafield to safely bring the final chimney down.”

April 11, 2014

Sellafield wins nine RoSPA awards

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Sellafield Ltd has won NINE prestigious Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) gold awards – the best ever performance bySellafield img_process a nuclear operator.

The awards were won by a range of different projects at Europe’s largest and most complex nuclear site, demonstrating the positive and proactive approach to safety across disciplines from nuclear waste management to infrastructure and major construction projects.

Sellafield Ltd’s Chief Officer for Environment, Health, Safety and Quality, Steve Long, said: “These awards are recognition of the fact that our safety standards are very high.

“The last two years have been the safest ever at Sellafield, in terms of conventional safety, and this past 12 months has seen our best ever radiological safety performance. We know that we have to strive for continuous improvement, always seeking opportunities to push us further, if we stand still we fall behind.

“When people think of Sellafield they probably think about decommissioning and knocking things down. But we are managing one of the biggest construction sites in the country and the radiological aspect of the nuclear waste that is stored here is an added complication. That we can achieve such high safety standards in such challenging circumstances is testament to the hard work and dedication of the workforce, and shows how seriously we take our responsibility to manage the clean-up of the UK’s nuclear legacy at Sellafield safely and securely.

“We have won RoSPA awards before – we’ve won gold awards before – but to win nine in the same year is unprecedented.

David Rawlins, RoSPA’s awards manager, said: “The RoSPA Awards encourage the raising of occupational health and safety standards across the board. Organisations that gain recognition for their health and safety management systems, such as Sellafield Ltd, contribute to a collective raising of the bar for other organisations to aspire to, and we offer them our congratulations.”

As the UK’s family safety charity, RoSPA’s mission is to save lives and reduce injuries covers all ages and stages of life. In support of this mission, the RoSPA Awards, which date back 58 years, recognise commitment to continuous improvement in accident and ill health prevention at work.

Through the scheme, which is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas, judges consider entrants’ overarching occupational health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

Simon McCrae, Head of Conventional Safety, Sellafield Ltd added: “I am delighted with this recognition of our commitment and focus on all aspects of safety across our business. Safe, secure, site stewardship is a mantra held closely by workers at all levels. Winning these awards is an acknowledgment that we’re doing the right things and delivering occupational safety excellence.”

Kliss McNeel of Nuclear Management Partners (NMP), the parent body organisation for Sellafield Ltd, is the former Director of Environment, Health, Safety and Quality for Sellafield Ltd. She spoke of her delight at the ROSPA success: “This fantastic achievement by Sellafield Ltd is absolute testament to the priority being placed on safety at Europe’s most complex and challenging nuclear site.

“NMP is extremely proud of the Sellafield Ltd management, its dedicated workforce and its sub-contractors who have all worked with intent to embed our new safety initiatives and achieve the site’s best ever two years of safety performance. 

“This host of awards is just recognition for the steps being taken by everyone at Sellafield Ltd to achieve the highest levels of safety possible for the 11,000 people who work there. This best ever RoSPA performance by a nuclear operator also recognises the achievements being made to safely reduce the hazard and risk of the nuclear legacy waste that is stored at Sellafield.”

The awards will be presented at a ceremony in London during a ceremony at ExCeL London on June 17 to the following groups:

Sellafield Ltd

Sellafield Ltd Environment, Health, Safety and Quality (EHS&Q)

Sellafield Ltd Technical and Engineering

Sellafield Ltd Major Projects Group

Sellafield Ltd Infrastructure

Sellafield Ltd Site Remediation and Decommissioning Project

Sellafield Ltd Pile Fuel Storage Pond

Sellafield Ltd Spent Fuel Management

Sellafield Ltd Waste and Effluent Disposition

 See for more information about the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards.


April 4, 2014

ONR becomes Public Corporation

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The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) is established today as a Public Corporation, under the Energy Act 2013. This is a significant milestone in its journey to become a modern, responsive, independent regulator.

This change in status puts the UK independent regulator in a stronger position to fulfil its mission to provide efficient and effective regulation of the nuclear industry, holding it to account on behalf of the public. It comes on the same day that ONR publishes its new Enforcement Policy Statement and Annual Plan for the year ahead, outlining the key priorities for the organisation.

Chief Executive Officer John Jenkins said:

“I am delighted that we have completed this transformation. It will make us stronger and ready to face a future where the nuclear industry is a key part of the UK’s energy mix. ONR is a first class regulator, and we recognise the scale and task ahead of us. Our change in status will provide us with the financial and operational flexibility we need to react quickly to changes in the nuclear industry, and attract and retain a nuclear-skilled workforce.”

ONR will retain the independent powers necessary to regulate the nuclear industry, but there will be a more consistent and predictable approach to regulation, and an expectation of continued commitment from industry to strong and visible regulation. The establishment of ONR as a Public Corporation provides the regulator with a stronger identity, which will help to increase public awareness of its role and responsibilities.

Dr Andy Hall, Chief Nuclear Inspector added:

“Our role as a regulator is critically important in ensuring that when it comes to issues of nuclear safety and security, we hold the industry to account. We are committed to publicly demonstrating how the decisions that we make are based on sound evidence and subject to proper scrutiny, which will ensure that we maintain confidence in the way that the industry is run.”

Department for Work and Pensions Minister of State for Disabled People, Rt. Hon. Mike Penning MP said:

“The establishment of ONR is a massive step forward in ensuring that the UK has a world class regulator and provides a unique opportunity to demonstrate that the UK is still at the forefront of the nuclear industry in providing energy for our future generations in a safe and effective manner.”

Baroness Verma of Leicester, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change added:

“Nuclear power provides high quantities of low carbon electricity and is therefore an important part of our overall energy mix, alongside renewables, clean coal and gas. We are already seeing the beginnings of a nuclear renaissance in the UK, which is good for the UK economy and employment and will provide secure supplies and affordable electricity. The Office for Nuclear Regulation plays a key role in ensuring that civil nuclear is managed safely and securely and the changes we have introduced through the Energy Act will ensure that ONR has the flexibility it needs to respond to a developing and growing nuclear industry.”

To support its new position, ONR has launched a new website today, carrying the new ONR brand, where it openly publishes details of its decisions relating to the sites that it regulates, including enforcement actions and corporate publications.


March 21, 2014

Safety at Dounreay recognised by international award

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The British Safety Council has announced the winners of its International Safety Awards for 2014, given toBritish Safety CouncilBritish Safety CouncilBritish Safety Council organisations in recognition of their proven commitment to workplace health and safety.

DSRL is one of 46 worldwide to receive the award “with distinction” – the highest rating.

The International Safety Awards scheme, now in its 56th year, is open to UK and international organisations of all sizes across all industries and seeks to promote high standards of health and safety management practice in order to prevent workplace injury and ill health.

Award winning companies have demonstrated to the judges their commitment and determination to prevent workplace injuries and work-related ill health.

The winning organisations span all sectors from the United Kingdom, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the West Indies.

This long-established award has this year been won by over 500 organisations.

DSRL Assurance Director Alan Scullion said that the health and safety of the workforce was non-negotiable.

“We are determined to ensure that everyone goes home safely at the end of the day,” he said.

“Winning an award from the British Safety Council is a huge encouragement to us to continue rooting out practices and behaviours that put the safety of people and the environment at risk.”

Alex Botha, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, congratulated DSRL on its success: “On behalf of the Trustees and staff of the British Safety Council we warmly congratulate DSRL and its employees on gaining an International Safety Award with distinction.

“All of those working at Dounreay have made this award possible which recognises their dedication and commitment in preventing injury and ill health in the workplace. It was also apparent that applicants recognise that getting health and safety right is a business enabler.

“The success criteria for our International Safety Awards is challenging and that rightly reflects the importance of ensuring the risks of injury and ill health in the workplace are properly controlled. Awards have an important part to play in driving improvements in health and safety management year on year.”


Sellafield Ltd employee leads the way for female engineers

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Kirsty Donovan, a Process Engineer from Sellafield Ltd, recently took the opportunity to inspire 60Sellafield - Kirsty Donovan female students interested in engineering at the University of Chester’s International Women’s Day conference.

During her presentation Kirsty gave an insight into a typical day as an engineer in the nuclear industry and held an interactive quiz about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) careers.

Kirsty said: “I wanted to talk about the variety of career paths and the demand for people, especially girls, with STEM qualifications and the contribution they could make towards many of the big challenges facing the UK today.“

Since joining the company in 2010 on the Sellafield Ltd Graduate Scheme, Kirsty has taken on a STEM ambassador role to encourage the next generation to study STEM subjects and engineering at A-level and university.

She explained why it’s important to motivate girls in STEM: “I don’t feel that there are enough girls studying and working in STEM subjects.

“We need to break down the stereotype of STEM subjects being for boys from a young age and show girls that if they have a passion for STEM, they shouldn’t be put off from studying it in school and university because they are in the minority.”

As well as organising numerous work experience visits and educational events, Kirsty supports Sellafield Ltd’s annual involvement in the UK’s biggest science event – the Big Bang Fair.

This year a number of female Sellafield Ltd STEM ambassadors were invited to talk with Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, at the Big Bang Fair following his plea to see more women in engineering.

He was pleased to hear one in four Sellafield Ltd apprentices are female and more than 364 STEM ambassadors within the company are working in the local community to break down gender stereotypes whilst promoting STEM subjects.

Kirsty also praised the opportunities available at Sellafield Ltd: “There are a wide range of opportunities available for both males and females, but only if you work hard for them.

“A career in STEM is not easy, things are not handed to you on a plate, but it is both rewarding and challenging.”

March 14, 2014

Sellafield delivers 5m hours safety success for decommissioning

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The team in charge of cleaning up the Sellafield site has broken a huge safety record, and local charities are set toSellafield Decom-5m-Hours-Safe- reap the benefits

Sellafield Ltd’s Decommissioning Division has safely worked five million man hours without a Lost Time Accident (LTA).

This record breaking achievement is a first for any of the individual directorates at Sellafield since records began and is all the more significant when you look at the range of Decommissioning work being carried out.

Euan Hutton, Divisional Head of EHS&Q Decommissioning said: “This is quite a remarkable achievement when you consider that across the division, we design facilities, we construct them, we operate them, we maintain them, we commission equipment and facilities, we decommission them and ultimately we demolish them.  So the hazards that present themselves to us each and every day are vast

“There are more than two thousand people employed in decommissioning and this safety record is testament to all their efforts.”

Head of Decommissioning Safety Mark Sarrington said: “To recognise the 5 million man hours safely worked in Decommissioning, we’ve asked safety representatives in each of the 5 main programme areas to nominate 5 local charities to donate a total of £5k to good causes which support our local community.”

March 7, 2014

Sellafield Ltd celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2014

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Sellafield Ltd apprentices have been celebrating National Apprenticeship Week by showcasing the trainingSellafield apprentice-610x400 opportunities on offer to young people in West Cumbria.

Sellafield Ltd offers apprenticeships in a host of disciplines including engineering, electrical, mechanical and business administration, and for the first time this year, has new programs for project management and heath physics.

As the pace of clean up at the site – which will take over 100 years – is accelerated, the demand for talent is ever increasing, with 121 new apprentices joining the company in the last year and over 400 currently in training. Over 25 per cent of those are female – more than double the national average.

Sellafield Ltd’s Managing Director Tony Price said: “Last year we took on a record number of apprentices, and we’ll possibly break that again this year. In fact, since Nuclear Management Partners won the contract to become our Parent Body Organisation in 2008, the intake has doubled.

“We’ve introduced new schemes as we look to shape the workforce to meet our future challenges, so we have modern pioneers tackling the challenge of cleaning up the UK’s nuclear legacy.

Having recruited a record of 121 apprentices in 2013, Sellafield Ltd has received national recognition and various awards for the quality of their apprenticeship programme. The company was recognised in the prestigious Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list by the National Apprenticeship Service, and complimented by Nick Clegg for going the extra mile to provide young people with high-quality training opportunities.

Steve Bewsher, head of apprentice training for Sellafield Ltd said; “I am pleased that there now seems to be more of a balance between those choosing apprenticeships and those going to university. Apprenticeships are becoming more valued again and I certainly think they make up a vital part of the Sellafield Ltd workforce.”

February 28, 2014

Building link severed for Dungeness A

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Demolition work at Dungeness A stepped up a gear recently when the link between the two iconic reactor buildingsDungeness A - Feb14 and the site’s conventional plant was removed.

The second of the site’s two link bridges, which were essential during the site’s 40 years of electricity generation, have been taken down isolating the turbine hall and surrounding buildings ready for demolition.

Specialist contractor Erith removed each bridge in three sections, each weighing around seven tonnes. The first was completed in December 2013 and, following a short delay because of weather conditions, the second bridge was removed last weekend.

Dungeness A Site Director, Paul Wilkinson, said: “This is a symbolic moment for everyone in Magnox. The reactor buildings were at the heart of our operation for decades. But with all fuel now removed from the site, and with it more than 99 per cent of the radiological hazard, our current focus is to safely progress demolition of the turbine hall and surrounding conventional buildings.”

The work is part of a £12.8 million project to clear the south side of the site within a three-year period, rather than 15 years as was originally planned. Speaking when the funding was announced in 2012, David Batters, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority Chief Finance Officer, said: “The accelerated demolition work will deliver significant major savings in the long term, while demonstrating visible progress in decommissioning the site.”

February 11, 2014

Wylfa given consent to decommission by ONR

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Following an application by the licensee, Magnox Limited, ONR has now granted consent for a project toWylfa decommission Wylfa nuclear power station on Anglesey. Under the Nuclear Reactors (Environmental Impact Assessment for Decommissioning) Regulations 1999 (EIADR), ONR grants consent to projects to decommission nuclear power stations and nuclear reactors.  Wylfa submitted an application for consent to decommission early last year.

ONR’s decision follows extensive consultation and takes into account factors such as the adequacy of information provided by Magnox Limited, the conclusion that environmental benefits will far outweigh any detriments and the prediction there will be no significant effects on other countries.

ONR has published a report describing the reasons and considerations behind its decision, the conditions attached to the consent and the measures Magnox Limited will take to control any significant environmental effects. It also provides information on the legal framework for nuclear safety, in particular the regulations under which the consent was granted.