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Article archive for Sellafield;

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Major waste retrievals milestone at Sellafield 18 August 2023

Work has begun on removing historic waste from one of Sellafield’s oldest storage facilities in a significant step forward at the Cumbrian site. The start of retrievals at the Pile Fuel Cladding Silo (PFCS) follows the Office for Nuclear Regulation’s (ONR) decision to grant permission to Sellafield Ltd, part of the ongoing strategy to reduce the long-term hazard and risk on the site....

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Flight milestones at Sellafield helping to enhance safety on nuclear sites 15 August 2023

Drone pilots have successfully completed two flight firsts on a UK nuclear site leading the way to increased safety of employees during decommissioning. The successful deployment of a drone equipped with a LiDAR sensor marks a major milestone for the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) team, enabling Sellafield Ltd to improve efficiency in mapping and 3D modelling....

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Sellafield Ltd fined £400,000 after worker injured 07 March 2023

Sellafield Ltd has been fined £400,000 after admitting a health and safety breach that resulted in a worker sustaining serious back injuries when he fell from a scaffolding ladder at the nuclear site. The company attended Carlisle Magistrates Court on March 6 following a prosecution prepared by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR)....

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Sellafield silo installs second waste retrieval machine 03 March 2023

Last month, another silo emptying machine was fully built inside the Magnox Swarf Storage Silo, with the final piece of equipment – the main control cubicle – being lifted into the silo and fixed into position....

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Nuclear regulator hails “landmark moment” in the clean-up of Sellafield 13 June 2022

The UK’s Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has announced what it has called a “landmark moment” in the long-term clean-up of the Sellafield site after Sellafield Ltd safely removed the first batch of waste from one of the most hazardous buildings on the site, the Magnox Swarf Storage Silo (MSSS)....

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Sellafield Ltd plays key role in drone development challenge 05 May 2021

Sellafield Ltd has a key role in a consortium of industrial, aerospace and aviation giants that has won a share of a £30 million government challenge fund to develop and test a remotely operated drone system....

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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....