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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

National Nuclear Laboratory wins major Dounreay contract

The National Nuclear Laboratory has won a major contract at Dounreay to process tonnes of uranium carbide fuel, currently held at the site.

NNL and Dounreay
Charlie McVay, Dounreay's Project Director for Waste and Myrian Wood, NNL's Business Leader for Waste Management Technology signing the agreement.

NNL's Business Leader for Waste Management Technology, Myrian Wood, signed the contract with Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DRSL), which at around £750k represents NNL's biggest single piece of work for Dounreay, along with Charlie McVay, Dounreay's Project Director for Waste.

Processing the fuel will convert it to the oxide form for long term storage, which is a necessary step to allow shutdown of the site's fuels facilities.

Under the contract, the material will be transported to NNL's Central Laboratory on the Sellafield site for pre-treatment, while the main processing will ultimately be carried out in the NNL Preston Laboratory.

NNL's Waste Management and Decommissioning Director, Nick Hanigan, said: "This is excellent news for NNL, as Dounreay is the second largest decommissioning market in the UK. We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with DRSL in this way and hope to have further discussions on other ways in which we can help them meet the challenges of accelerating the site's decommissioning programme."

Charlie McVay of DRSL commented: "This is an important step in the processing of depleted and natural uranium materials at Dounreay. The contract with NNL will process this fuel material in a cost effective manner and help keep Dounreay on schedule toward decommissioning of facilities containing uranium fuels."

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