End in sight for reprocessing nuclear fuel at Sellafield

Reprocessing

Martin Leafe, Director, Spent Fuel Management at Sellafield Ltd, explains how, over the next four years, the commercial reprocessing of spent fuel will end, and the site will move to full-scale decommissioning, remediation and waste management. This important change of focus is one of the milestones outlined in the draft NDA Business Plan.

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.

First of the UK’s earliest nuclear sites to be sealed for a period of “care and maintenance”

"Care and maintenance" period

Scott Raish, a Site Closure Director for Magnox Ltd, explains how Bradwell nuclear site in Essex will, in 2019, be the first of 11 Magnox sites across the UK to have its reactors and waste stores safely sealed for several decades. This is a significant future milestone from the latest NDA draft business plan, which we seek your views on.

Radiological hazard on all Magnox nuclear sites across UK set to reduce by 99%

Two remaining nuclear sites with Magnox reactors due to complete defueling by 2020

Pete Knollmeyer, Chief Nuclear Officer for Magnox Ltd, explains why being declared ‘fuel-free’ is so important for the final Magnox reactor site. This milestone is due to be achieved within the next 3 years, the period covered by NDA's business plan that is currently available for consultation.

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.

The next phase of our pioneering mission

Our journey to 2020: the major milestones

John Clarke, NDA CEO, introduces the plan for the next 3 years of work to clean up 17 of the UK's earliest nuclear sites. He encourages people to understand the complexities of this task that is likely to endure for decades, involving thousands of workers across the UK who will accelerate work wherever safely possible.