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Recycling and Reusing Saves £15 Million

Savings of around £15 million have been achieved by teams across the NDA estate using an online database to re-use and recycle redundant equipment.

Among the items transferred from one site to another are pumps, cranes, forklift trucks, tractors, blocks of lead, boilers, radiation detectors, breathing apparatus, office equipment, robotic equipment, a snow plough – and more.

The NDA Asset Transfer Scheme (NATS) was launched 8 years ago by NDA for sites to advertise unwanted items, or seek redundant equipment from other sites. Many items are in good condition but no longer needed at a site as progress is made in decommissioning programmes. Other sites can benefit from the equipment if they are at a different stage in decommissioning or undertaking similar projects. NATS is available to all Site Licence Companies with the main aim of reducing costs and waste.

The principle of recycling assets across the estate has now been enshrined in SLC contract specifications. Before buying new, procurement teams seek to acquire goods from other sites first. On-the-ground teams, meanwhile, advertise redundant equipment for a specified period, before following their usual disposal processes, which prioritise the most cost-effective options.

Martin Grey, the NDA’s Engineering Manager (Assurance), said:
“One site has accumulated £1.9 million of benefits in the first few months of 2015 by avoiding the costs of buying new equipment, and by transferring surplus kit to other sites. Another site acquired 50 tonnes of lead that will be used for shielding. These kinds of transactions are taking place across the estate regularly. They deliver huge all-round benefits not just in cost terms but also in encouraging a more sustainable approach to asset use.”

One of the larger exchanges was Dounreay’s super-compactor, which was acquired brand new from AWE where it was surplus to requirements and is now in use to crush drums of Low Level Waste which will disposed of in the site’s new vaults for LLW. The site’s own machine had suffered a major mechanical failure in 2011 and a backlog of 11,000 drums built up before the replacement was found.

The latest version of the Asset Transfer Scheme is being extended to include transport assets for our subsidiary, INS.

Source: Nuclear Matters

£13 million to develop safe and smart nuclear technologies

NDA contributes to joint funding initiative awarding UK companies and consortia a total of £13 million to help develop innovative technologies for current and next generation nuclear power stations.

Breakthroughs to be funded include novel construction and manufacturing techniques, remote monitoring and sensors to reduce the need for people to enter radioactive areas – and an ocean-imaging system to stop jellyfish blocking cooling water intakes!

The money comes as part of a joint initiative between Innovate UK (the new name for the Technology Strategy Board), the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to stimulate innovation in the UK’s civil nuclear power sector.

With most of the money funding 15 collaborative R&D projects, and a further 26 smaller-scale feasibility studies also benefiting, the three organisations’ aim is to develop a strong, innovative and sustainable supply chain to serve both national and global markets.

Over the coming decades, the nuclear industry is set for a major expansion. Around £930bn investment is planned globally to build new reactors, with international procurement of around £25bn a year to 2025. In the UK, agreement is now in place to construct the first nuclear power station since 1995, with more likely to follow.

Meanwhile, the decommissioning market is also set to expand, with up to 145 mostly European reactors expected to reach the end of their lives in the next 15 years, and an estimated global market worth £50 billion annually.

For UK businesses in the area of nuclear engineering and its associated technologies, innovation in this area could deliver direct benefits to the UK worth up to £14bn by 2050.

Members of successful consortia include universities of Bristol, Manchester, Strathclyde, Sheffield, East Anglia and York – with participating companies coming from such varied locations as Glasgow, Southampton, Nottingham, Stoke-on-Trent, Sheffield, Coventry, Lowestoft, Dorking, Swindon, Ascot and Torrington.

“These proposals, and the consortia behind them, will help our civil nuclear industry set new standards in safe and smart operation,’ said Innovate UK Chief Executive Iain Gray. ‘All the innovations you see here will either help the UK consolidate areas where we are world-leaders or help us move towards that position in others.

‘It marks a significant step forward for civil nuclear operations which are smarter and safer than ever before, and it’s a great commercial opportunity for UK plc and its businesses.”

NDA Head of Technology, Prof Melanie Brownridge, added:

“Our R&D strategy is very focused on developing innovative technologies that support our clean-up mission. Joint funding initiatives such as this greatly increase the investment potential across the whole nuclear sector and also, importantly, bring research partners together collaboratively in the drive for progress and creative scientific thinking. I was very pleased with the quality and level of response from the nuclear decommissioning supply chain.”

The competition awards build on the findings and recommendations of a number of recent reports on the UK’s civil nuclear sector, including the Government’s Nuclear Industrial Strategy. They also demonstrate sustained innovation funding in this area following an earlier collaborative initiative in 2012, which was worth around £18 million to more than 30 projects.

Source: NDA

£18m office to bring 1,000 workers into Whitehaven

Construction work is now complete on Albion Square, the new £18m office block set to bring 1,000 workers into the centre of Whitehaven.

(Albion Square offices)

NDA Properties Ltd handed the keys to Sellafield Ltd in an official handover ceremony last Friday, following the completion of construction of the Albion Square office block.

Albion Square was commissioned by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s own property company (NDA Properties Ltd) to transfer staff from Sellafield. This transfer frees up space for decommissioning, reduces traffic to the nuclear site and will help regenerate the economy of Whitehaven’s town centre.

The development is a joint project between the NDA, Sellafield Ltd, Nuclear Management Partners, Britain’s Energy Coast and Copeland Borough Council.

Nuclear Management Partners’ (NMP) paid £5m towards the acquisition and preparation of the Swingpump Lane site through Britain’s Energy Coast. NDA Properties Ltd funded the building costs, which approached £15m.

Sellafield Ltd will now oversee the finishing touches to the interior of the building, including installing the IT infrastructure, before the transfer of staff begins in September. An official opening is planned for October.David Atkinson, Managing Director of NDA Properties, said:

“It has been a fantastic joint effort by all of the partners in the project to reach this point.

“The building looks fantastic outside and inside. It will provide a comfortable, modern working environment for Sellafield staff, while contributing to the redevelopment of Whitehaven, and delivering an additional 1,000 potential customers for the town’s retail industry. I would like to thank NMP, whose funding via BEC got the site ready for the building to start, and the local Council. Working together, we can now relocate employees from Sellafield to give us greater space and flexibility on Sellafield site for decommissioning work, reduce traffic flow onto the site and enhance security. And of course bring real economic benefit to Whitehaven.”

Bruce Denwood, Head of Facilities Management for Sellafield Ltd, said:

“We’re delighted to get the keys to this fantastic new office building.

“The design and construction teams have done a first rate job and we’re getting an exceptional facility which I’m sure will prove to be a great place to work for those of our staff who are moving in soon.”

Copeland Borough Council Leader, Elaine Woodburn, said:

“This is a fantastic facility and the council is proud to have been involved in helping bring it to fruition. It has improved the environment in this part of town and is an integral part of Whitehaven’s regeneration. It will also bring a great number of new people into the town centre to take advantage of the businesses there. I look forward to the building opening.”

The iconic glass-fronted building is designed as the centre-piece of a series of nuclear-funded projects set to transform the centre of Whitehaven.

It comprises two four-storey office buildings, totalling 100,000sq ft, constructed at two adjacent sites.

Construction was delivered by Morgan Sindall. RMJM acted as concept and design architects. Hurd Rolland Partnership were the project architects. Project management services have been provided by Drivers Jonas Deloitte.

Source: NDA

Sellafield completes nuclear waste store

Inside the storage facility. Copyright: Sellafield Ltd
Inside the storage facility. Copyright: Sellafield Ltd

A new storage facility designed to keep nuclear waste safe and secure has been completed by Sellafield Ltd.

The Encapsulated Product Store 3 (EPS3) in Cumbria, which contains more than 32,000 cubic metres of concrete and 7,300 tonnes of steel, is capable of storing 29,000 waste drums.

Pete Lutwyche, Sellafield Programme Director for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) said the completion of EPS 3 marks a “major milestone” in the decommissioning of Sellafield.

He added: “This facility is a key piece in the jigsaw of projects we need to clean up the most hazardous areas of the site – the NDA’s number one priority task.

“Once opened, the building will provide world-class, modern storage of waste for many years to come, pending its ultimate transfer to the safest and most secure method of dealing with this material – disposal in a deep geological facility.”

Last month Sellafield said it is looking for specialist suppliers to help with cleaning up and decommissioning the nuclear site.

Source: Energy Live News

Sellafield expert invited to serve on Fukushima clean-up task force

A leading nuclear specialist from Sellafield Ltd has accepted a post on an international committee of experts which is helping to guide the clean up mission at the Fukushima plant in Japan.

Dr Rex Strong, who is head of Nuclear Safety at Sellafield Ltd, (a Nuclear Management Partners company), has over 30 years experience in the industry, most of which has been spent at Europe’s most complex nuclear site, in West Cumbria.

Sellafield Ltd's Dr Rex Strong welcomed Mr Jun Matsumoto - Vice President, Fukushima Daiichi, Decontamination & Decommissioning Eng. Co (TEPCO) to the Sellafield site recently

He will combine his new role on the Fukushima Nuclear Safety Oversight Committee – known as the Nuclear Safety Task Force – with his existing one as Head of Safety at the Sellafield site. The move comes as part of Sellafield Ltd’s recently announced relationship with TEPCO FDEC, the Japanese company responsible for cleaning up and decommissioning the reactors at Fukushima.

Dr Strong said:

“It’s a privilege to have been invited to join such a prestigious and important committee – there will be much for us to learn.

“As nuclear operators we are part of a global network through which we can all learn, develop and improve. There are things which the Japanese are experiencing for the first time, as they start the process of decommissioning, which we’ve been doing for a long time at Sellafield, and at other nuclear sites in this country, and so I’ll be able to represent the UK and share our experience.

“The progress they are making at Fukushima is remarkable and I’m sure there will be lots of learning for me which I’ll be able to bring back to Sellafield.”

The committee on which Dr Strong will serve is part of TEPCO’s Nuclear Safety Oversight Office.

The office was established to enhance the risk controls regarding nuclear safety. It aims to gather the latest findings from around the world on nuclear safety, and then analyse and apply these to the mission in Japan.

The Nuclear Safety Oversight Office also monitors the status of safety awareness, operational processes at other nuclear sites, including Sellafield, and studies how these sites have been able to foster a safety culture, and communicate effectively with their local communities.

Sellafield Ltd’s Managing Director, Tony Price, said:

“The skills and experiences of the Sellafield workforce in safely decommissioning nuclear facilities are a valuable national asset. I’m proud that Rex has been asked to take up this position; it’s a great honour both for Rex personally, and for the company to be recognised as global nuclear safety experts and to be able to support our Japanese colleagues.”

Dr Adrian Simper, the NDA’s strategy and technology director, who sits on the Fukushima International Advisory Team, said:

“Congratulations to Rex on his appointment to this prestigious committee which will provide invaluable expertise to the Fukushima clean-up effort.

“The UK is playing an important role in assisting Tepco and the Japanese authorities in dealing with the complex situation at Fukushima which is testament to the high esteem in which our nuclear decommissioning industry is held across the international community.

“It is gratifying to see the learning and experience Sellafield Ltd has gleaned through tackling the complex challenges on site being utilised by our Japanese partners in their decommissioning programme.

“In turn, I’m sure Rex will bring back valuable experience from his role on the committee which can help drive forward the NDA’s mission to safely and cost-effectively clean-up Sellafield.”

Source: niauk.org

Moorside Nuclear Plant Takes ‘Double Step Forward’

Japanese industrial giant Toshiba has formally taken a controlling stake in NuGen, the consortium behind plans to build three reactors at Moorside, near Sellafield.

The agreement sees Toshiba secure a 60 per cent stake and French firm GDF Suez retain a 40 per cent holding in NuGen, which has formed a new management team with Sandy Rupprecht as chief executive.

The consortium has also reached an agreement of around £200m to acquire the Moorside site from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

John Clarke, the NDA’s chief executive, said the sale marks a “significant milestone” in nuclear new-build and “excellent news for the local community in terms of investment and jobs.”

The Whitehaven News reported last week that NuGen plans to be back on site next month to begin geographical surveys. It is hoped that site suitability will be determined next year, planning permission and licensing granted in 2018, allowing for construction to begin in 2020. The first AP1000 reactor would go on stream in 2024 and all three, with a combined 3.4GW capacity, operational by 2026.

Mr Rupprecht said: “Moorside is the most exciting new nuclear build project in Europe.

“We will be taking forward our project in West Cumbria – the UK’s nuclear heartland – and we expect the national and regional economies to benefit extensively.”

The announcement has been roundly welcomed. Copeland MP Jamie Reed said: “I don’t believe that there is another area of comparable size in the UK set to receive the sheer scale of economic investment that we are in West Cumbria – and every penny has been hard won.

“NuGen has rightly called our area Britain’s nuclear heartland, and we are about to commence Europe’s biggest new nuclear project.

“None of this has happened by accident, but close to a decade of work is beginning to pay off: we are beginning to turn the corner, we are building a new West Cumbria.”

The Sellafield Workers Campaign, which last month held an industry day to promote the benefits of new-build, welcomed the creation of new jobs during construction and when the plant becomes operational.

Craig Dobson, SWC secretary, added: “Low carbon nuclear power represents a major way forward for the world and the UK to drastically cut those emissions, protect our environment and keep the country’s lights on.”

Elaine Woodburn, leader of Copeland Council, said: “This is another significant step in the journey towards billions in investment and thousands of jobs, and we are delighted.”

David Southward, Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet member for nuclear, said: “It’s another important step in the development of this massive project which will be a linchpin of West Cumbria’s economic future.”

Source: Whitehaven News

Nu-Gen steps up its plans for nuclear new build

Nu-Gen steps up its plans for nuclear new build

NuGen logo

A team from NuGen will begin to carry out geographical surveys at Moorside that, it is hoped, will pave the way for a new power station with three reactors being built.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) says the project would bring at least £10billion of investment and create up to 21,000 jobs over the construction, including peak on-site employment of more than 6,000. Once operational, the reactors would employ 1,000.

Promoting the benefits of new nuclear build was the aim of a successful industry day, organised by the Sellafield Workers’ Campaign (SWC),

The event heard from John McNamara, NuGen’s head of corporate communications, who accepted that recent progress on site has been slow, but “momentum will build” starting with the surveys that begin in August.

Mr McNamara added that it is hoped that site suitability will be determined next year, planning permission and licensing granted in 2018, allowing for construction to begin in 2020. The first reactor would go on stream in 2024 and all three, with a combined 3.4GW capacity, operational by 2026.

Launching SWC’s industry day, Copeland MP Jamie Reed said that new-build will make Cumbria a “global player”.

Read the full article here http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk/news/nugen-steps-up-its-plans-for-nuclear-new-build-1.1144792

Source: Whitehaven News

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