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The ‘source’ of great pride

Martin Robb, NDA National Programme Delivery Manager, and his wife outside Buckingham Palace

The NDA’s Martin Robb was proud to receive an invitation to attend Buckingham Palace earlier this month, in acknowledgement of his role in helping the UK Government deal with a backlog of radioactive material that’s been stuck in limbo around the country for years.

Matching our company’s skills to nuclear challenges

Build and Testing of Subsea Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Tool

Joe Orrell’s company Red Engineering Ltd are exploring how their global experience in a range of industries can be applied to challenges in nuclear decommissioning. Last year, he exhibited in the innovation zone at the NDA Estate Supply Chain Event, and more recently he’s been looking into bidding as part of a consortium, for a share of £3 million innovation funding available for research projects.
The funding is being made available through the Integrated Innovation in Nuclear Decommissioning competition run by the NDA and Innovate UK via a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI).

What’s inside? How do we get to it? How do we clean it or cut it up? How do we sort and package it?

Nigel Hale, from DroneOps, shares his thoughts on the recent brokering event that he joined to understand more about these questions and the potential answers. The NDA's Integrated Innovation Competition for Nuclear Decommissioning is an opportunity for companies to bid for and share £3 million of funding for projects that will address some major challenges at Sellafield.

Could you have the solution to the challenges in nuclear decommissioning?

Chris Hope and Melanie Brownridge at Digital Catapult Centre

Chris Hope, who’s on secondment to the NDA, from Sellafield, is urging organisations to sign up tp one of four brokering events around the UK as part of a competition to distribute nuclear innovation funds totalling £3 million.

Melanie Brownridge, Head of Technology, outlines how this competition is part of NDA's ongoing commitment to seek innovation across all its sites and encourage news ways of working that are safer, faster and cheaper.

Earlier emptying of waste will reduce both nuclear risk and costs

Exterior of the Pile Fuel Cladding Silo (PFCS)

Gary Snow, Head of the Pile Fuel Cladding Silo Programme at Sellafield, explains how a simplified, ‘lead and learn’ approach has meant waste will be retrieved earlier than previously planned, costing £250m less, from the UK’s oldest nuclear waste storage facility – leading to a significant new milestone in the NDA’s draft business plan for 2017 to 2020.