John Clarke, NDA's CEO, gives his view on the major milestones in hazard reduction across UK’s historic nuclear sites, as outlined in the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's Annual Report and Accounts 2015 to 2016.
This is “UK Robotics Week”. NDA’s Head of Supply Chain Optimisation, Ron Gorham, focuses on the business opportunities for developing robotics in nuclear decommissioning. He encourages businesses, large and small, from different sectors to consider how they might grasp opportunities in the nuclear industry.
This week is UK Robotics Week, so Melanie Brownridge, NDA’s Head of Technology, explains how robotics can benefit the decommissioning of nuclear sites in the UK.
Carl Smith, PCM Decommissioning Senior Project Manager at Low Level Waste Repository Ltd, describes how hard work, dedication and commitment has led to a demolition project being at least 4 years ahead of schedule and forecast to save £30 million compared to its original cost forecast.
Calder Bain, a member of the design team working on decommissioning the Prototype Fast Reactor at Dounreay in Scotland, explains how simple solutions sometimes work best. Recently Dounreay staff stuck to this approach when searching for a way to take metal samples from the base of a reactor.
Stuart Blair, Higher Activity Waste Production Manager at Magnox Ltd, describes how lessons learned have meant that the second of Hunterston’s five concrete waste bunkers has now been successfully emptied of its hazardous contents – using 23 less containers than the first bunker clearance, and completing 6 weeks ahead of schedule.
Paul Oswald, Site Delivery Manager at Magnox Ltd, describes how, 50 years after its accumulation and a number of failed attempts to retrieve it, a uniquely complex range of mixed waste is finally being retrieved from the vaults where it was kept. Find out more about the work to ensure safe storage of this radioactive waste.
Darrell Morris, NDA's Technical Assurance Manager, explains why innovation is so important for nuclear decommissioning. He encourages UK businesses to consider how their techniques and technology might address some of the challenges faced in our mission to decommission the UK's nuclear legacy.
Bill Hamilton, Head of Stakeholder Relations, reports on recent web chats with those interested in NDA’s draft strategy for consultation. He suggests that anyone interested in what questions other people ask, can read the transcripts online.
Rick Short, Research Manager, reports on a recent seminar where NDA-funded PhD students presented their work to their academic peers, technical leads from the NDA’s estate and industry representatives. He outlines the value of their research for the NDA and how the event helped them see where they could make a difference.