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Article archive for Sellafield;

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Part of Sellafield site evacuated after discovery of potentially explosive chemicals 17 August 2020

On August 14, part of the Sellafield site was evacuated after a “small quantity” of organic peroxide was discovered during a routine inspection of the Magnox Reprocessing Plant. Organic peroxide can become explosive if not stored at the correct temperature....

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UK competition launched to find innovative nuclear technologies 10 August 2020

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority – including Sellafield Ltd and Magnox Ltd – has teamed up with Innovate UK to launch a £3.9 million competition to find ways to sort and segregate radioactive waste at some of the UK’s oldest nuclear sites....

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UK’s Sellafield takes first steps to prepare for phased restart of highest priority work 01 May 2020

Sellafield Ltd, the UK’s nuclear waste site, is making “cautious” first steps to restart some of the highest priority work. Having successfully ‘ramped down’ operations at the site by pausing reprocessing work and construction work on major projects, Sellafield has built confidence in its ability for key workers to begin some of the most important high hazard and risk reduction work again....

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Hazardex 2019 Conference Presentations - Decommissioning at Sellafield - Implications for Control & Instrumentation 19 November 2018

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority owns several site-license companies in the UK. One of them is Sellafield Sites Ltd®. Sellafields’ traditional role of reprocessing spent nuclear fuel will cease in 2021. The respective plants then enter POCO (Post Operations Clean Out), decommissioning and waste management. Sellafield is also actively seeking new missions....

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Sellafield destroys chemicals in controlled explosion 22 October 2017

Bomb disposal experts were called to the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant after a routine audit of chemicals stored in a laboratory revealed canisters of potentially dangerous solvents which had been on the site since 1992. An area of the site was cordoned off and the canisters disposed of by controlled explosion....

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How sonar and gaming technology is helping the decommissioning of Sellafield’s legacy nuclear waste storage ponds 24 May 2017

A particularly difficult job at the Sellafield site has just been completed - mapping the magazine transfer bay, one of the most congested legacy areas of the First Generation Magnox Storage Pond. This article, originally published in Sellafield Magazine, looks at the some of the challenges facing the team trying to identify the contents of the pond and the technology used to complete the task and prepare it for emptying and decommissioning....

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Risk and hazard reduction at Sellafield 2015/16 25 April 2017

The Sellafield Annual Review of Safety 2015/16 highlights progress in cleaning up the site, the largest repository of nuclear waste in Europe. Major steps, outlined below, include significant advances in dealing with the contents of the site’s storage ponds, containing some of the most highly radioactive waste on the site. ...

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Hazardex 2017 Conference - Sellafield ISA100 Wireless Applications 03 November 2016

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority owns several site-license companies in the UK. One of them, Sellafield Sites Ltd; was attracted to wireless C&I to help reduce lifetime costs, shorten project timescales, reduce their installed base of equipment, be flexible in project strategies and further improve safety. ...

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NDA estimate of UK’s early nuclear site cleanup costs rises £20 billion in four years 23 February 2015

On February 11, the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) published its latest estimate of the ‘Nuclear Provision’, the best estimate of how much it will cost to clean up the UK’s earliest nuclear sites over a 100 year plus programme. This is driven primarily by the costs of decommissioning, dismantling and demolishing the buildings, as well as managing and disposing of all waste....

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Sellafield achieves liquid waste removal milestone 20 February 2015

The removal of two million litres of liquid radioactive waste from silos used to store swarf waste from Magnox fuel reprocessing at the UK's Sellafield site marks a significant  hazard reduction milestone, according to Sellafield Ltd. The company said the removal of the liquid has "halved the radioactive content of some of its historic liquid nuclear waste, significantly reducing the potential hazard....