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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.

Supporting communities around our nuclear decommissioning sites

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Socio-economic funding 2014 to 2015

As part of the consultation on the NDA's draft revised strategy, Karen Dickens seeks views on support for communities surrounding our sites. Karen explains the issues, the NDA's role and how we work with other organisations to ensure these communities have a sustainable economic future once the sites have closed.

A 120-year mission: securing the skills needed for UK nuclear decommissioning

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NDA's mission 2015 to 2120

Natasha Hanson, Head of HR Strategy and Delivery, and Beccy Pleasant, Head of Skills and Talent, describe the challenges around maintaining a skilled workforce for such a long-term mission. They share the work underway to overcome these challenges, and seek your views on this approach.

Solving the technical challenges of nuclear decommissioning

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Melanie Brownridge

NDA's Head of Technology, Melanie Brownridge, explains how the NDA ensures the right level of research and development helps progress the decommissioning mission. Melanie seeks feedback on this approach via the consultation on NDA’s draft revised strategy.