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.
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.
Rick Short, NDA’s Research Manager, reports from the second DISTINCTIVE conference attended by PhD students and around 70 representatives from industry, regulators and international organisations. He outlines the importance of students understanding the context for their work to solve decommissioning challenges and how solutions can be applied on the ground.
Yvonne Morris, NDA Research Manager, joined innovators and end users of new technologies at a recent event that showcased the results of leveraged NDA investment in nuclear research and development over the last 4 years. Decommissioning projects across the NDA’s estate are now benefitting from these innovative technologies. She encourages innovators and those tackling the decommissioning challenges to share their knowledge further.
NDA Research Manager Rick Short congratulates the UK research students who have been awarded scholarships to attend a prestigious international conference on nuclear decommissioning.
Hannah Paterson, an enthusiastic nucleargraduate, shares her experience of international sharing of knowledge on waste management issues in Phoenix, Arizona, after winning a scholarship to attend this nuclear industry conference. Hannah is keen for anyone considering a career in nuclear to understand the breadth of opportunities that she has discovered on her journey so far.
John Clarke, NDA CEO, speaks at an international conference for the management of radioactive material and related topics. He gives an overview of progress in UK nuclear decommissioning and the value of international collaboration.
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.
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.