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Fluor Part of Nuclear History in UK
In a first for the United Kingdom’s nuclear industry, the Cavendish Fluor partnership has achieved care and maintenance status at Bradwell, a Magnox site in Essex. This is a safe state that allows the former nuclear power plant to remain in its present condition until its final decommissioning and demolition, which will not occur for several years.
Before declaring success, both of the site’s reactor buildings had to be defuelled, decommissioned and covered in weatherproof cladding. This is the first Magnox site to make its transition into care and maintenance and represents a significant milestone in the journey toward eventual final site clearance.
Bradwell has been a trailblazer site - delivering hazard reduction safer and sooner, making many first-of-a-kind advancements and developing innovative approaches to decommissioning. The lessons learned at Bradwell will help guide the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s (NDA) strategy for decommissioning and hazard reduction at other sites in the UK. For example, the equipment and techniques developed to retrieve, condition and package waste are already being used elsewhere.
“This is new territory for nuclear in the UK and we should all be very proud of what we’ve achieved,” Bob Nichols, Bradwell Closure director, said. “The entire industry will benefit from what we’ve done here.”
Bradwell’s Magnox-type reactors were brought into service in 1962 and are two of the UK’s oldest. They generated low-carbon electricity for more than 40 years.
David Peattie, the NDA’s chief executive, said: “Bradwell becoming the first of the UK’s legacy sites to enter care and maintenance is a historic moment, not just for Magnox Ltd and the NDA, but for the country,” he said. “I’d like to give my thanks to all who have been involved in the collaborative effort to deliver this significant achievement.”
Bob Nichols, left, and Allen Neiling, both Fluor employees, were instrumental in achieving care and maintenance status at the Bradwell site in the UK.