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ONR gives go-ahead for new uranium facility at UK Atomic Weapons Establishment

26 July 2013

The Office for Nuclear Regulation has given permission to AWE to proceed further with the construction of a new facility at its Aldermaston site. This permission marks a significant milestone for AWE in its work to modernise and rebuild the facilities needed for the maintenance of Britain’s nuclear deterrent.  

It is also the first formal regulatory permission issued by ONR for the new facility, which will be used for the manufacturing of uranium components.

ONR’s permission follows its review of AWE’s pre-construction safety report (PCSR2) for the construction of a new building and the company’s positive response to a number of recommendations.

The project will have to pass a number of further regulatory ‘hold points’ before operations can commence in the facility. A number of detailed design and safety documents will be required and will form the basis of these later stages of regulatory permissioning. These later applications are expected over the next four years.

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