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Despite use of robots, we still need people to decommission nuclear sites

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Remotely Operated Vehicle at Sellafield site

During UK Robotics Week, Natasha Hanson - Head of HR Strategy and Delivery, explains how use of robotics in nuclear decommissioning does not replace the need for skilled people to work on our UK sites. More than anything, use of robotic technology opens up various, exciting career opportunities in an industry that needs people to work with and understand robotics.

Getting into the business of robotics for nuclear decommissioning

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UK Robotics Week

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.

Nuclear decommissioning project in Cumbria: over 4 years ahead of schedule and set to save £30 million

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PCM Programme at Low Level Waste Repository, near Drigg in Cumbria, over 4 years ahead of schedule and set to save £30 million

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.

Blu-tack brainwave leads to cost savings in nuclear decommissioning

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Calder Bains, Senior Design Engineer, at Dounreay site

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.

Learning from experience helps shift radioactive waste at Hunterston A site in Scotland

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Hunterston Bunker 4 and 5 from Bunker 5 entrance

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.

Successful radioactive waste retrieval from underground chambers at Berkeley site in Gloucestershire

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Inside the Fuel Element Debris (FED) vault at Berkeley nuclear site in Gloucestershire

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.