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.
Calder Bain, who started his apprenticeship in the 1960s at Dounreay and worked on the Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR) before it was built, is part of the site’s in-house design team responsible for safely dismantling the reactor. He ponders on the unique challenges they face.
John Lawes, NDA Contract Manager at Dounreay, explains how the NDA's Asset Transfer Scheme has enabled the Dounreay site to acquire a third fire engine so that it complies with requirements from its regulator: Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR).