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Friday 21 December 2012

Christmas and New Year closure

Dounreay closes for the holidays on Monday, December 24 and reopens on Thursday, January 3.

Joe Kane of DSRL was among the speakers

Tuesday 18 December 2012

NDA sets out supply chain opportunities

More than 700 visitors from across the UK and beyond took advantage of face-to-face networking opportunities at the second supply chain event for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority estate.

Monday 17 December 2012

Dounreay begins returning material to national fuel stocks

Nuclear material left over from Dounreay's research work in the 20th century is being returned to national fuel stocks as part of the site's clean-up and closure.

Thursday 13 December 2012

NDA announces nuclear archive decision

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has announced its decision to site the National Nuclear Archives in Caithness.

Tuesday 11 December 2012

NDA sets out key activities for Dounreay

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, which owns Dounreay and funds its clean-up, has published its draft business plan, setting out its priorities for decommissioning during the next three years.

Wednesday 21 November 2012

North Highland Regeneration Fund holds AGM

The North Highland Regeneration Fund (NHRF) held its Annual General Meeting on Friday 9th November 2012.

Tuesday 20 November 2012

Security exercise planned

In fulfilling the site’s legal obligations, a joint Dounreay and Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) security exercise will take place on the evening of Wednesday November, 21.

Monday 15 October 2012

Dounreay wins safety and environmental awards for second time

DSRL has been awarded the British Safety Council’s Sword of Honour and Globe of Honour for the second time.

Friday 5 October 2012

Deepest nuclear clean-up featured in site newspaper

The site’s newspaper, Dounreay News, is back after a summer break with a new look.

Tuesday 2 October 2012

Latest performance figures reported for August 2012

The latest edition of Dounreay's monthly performance report has been published.

Tuesday 2 October 2012

Public consultation begins on Dounreay waste disposal application

Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL) has applied to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) for a new authorisation to dispose of radioactive waste under the Radioactive Substances Act 1993.

Monday 24 September 2012

NDA announces awards for supply chain

Businesses in the decommissioning supply chain are being invited to submit entries for a prestigious new award that recognises their contribution to the nuclear clean-up mission.

Thursday 13 September 2012

Dounreay invites companies to register interest in Europe's deepest nuclear clean-up

DSRL will be holding supply chain briefings for Europe’s deepest nuclear clean-up, ahead of an application for permission to start construction work in 2013.

Wednesday 12 September 2012

Support for smaller businesses in supply chain

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority is forming a national steering group to provide additional focus and support for small and medium size enterprises in the supply chain.

Friday 7 September 2012

Plans take shape for Europe's deepest nuclear clean-up

Plans for Europe’s deepest nuclear clean-up are to go on public display ahead of an application for permission to start construction work in 2013.

Thursday 6 September 2012

Dounreay publishes performance figures for July 2012

The latest edition of Dounreay's monthly performance report has been published.

Tuesday 4 September 2012

Foreign waste is collected from Dounreay

Foreign reactor operators who sent their spent fuel to Dounreay in the 1990s for reprocessing have begun taking back their waste.

Monday 3 September 2012

Leaflet describes material leaving Dounreay

Dounreay has published an updated version of its information leaflet Radioactive Materials at Dounreay.

Monday 3 September 2012

Offshore clean-up completes 90 hectares of seabed

Another 299 particles were recovered from the seabed off Dounreay this summer during the latest phase of offshore clean-up.

Wednesday 29 August 2012

DFR commissions new plant

Safe destruction of the highly hazardous liquid metal left over from the UK’s first fast reactor experiment is a crucial part of the site decommissioning programme.

Thursday 16 August 2012

DSRL to attend nuclear decommissioning supply chain event

DSRL staff are to play a key part in a major forthcoming nuclear decommissioning supply chain event.

Thursday 9 August 2012

NDA examines health of supply chain

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority is carrying out a study to re-evaluate the decommissioning supply chain and establish whether any revisions to its strategy are needed.

Friday 3 August 2012

August bank holiday

Work to reduce the major chemical and radiological hazards will continue around the clock at Dounreay over the August bank holiday period.

Wednesday 25 July 2012

Turbo boost for apprentices fundraising

To kick start their latest unique fundraising challenge Dounreay’s apprentices attached themselves to ‘turbo trainers’ fastened to bikes situated around the site earlier this month.

Friday 20 July 2012

Dounreay wins prestigious safety and environment awards

Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL) has won important awards from one of the world’s foremost health and safety organisations for the second year running.

Friday 6 July 2012

Draft authorisation issued for waste disposal

Dounreay’s plan to clear the redundant nuclear site of radioactive waste from its clean-up and demolition moved a step forward today.

Thursday 5 July 2012

July Dounreay News now on-line

The latest edition of the site newspaper Dounreay News is now on-line. The July issue features the "grave diggers" - the workforce constructing the huge vaults where the low-active remains of the site will be buried - as well as the particles clean-up who won a top safety award for the Babcock group.

Thursday 5 July 2012

Competition drives down cost of Dounreay closure

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority says significant acceleration in the clean-up and shutdown of Dounreay will bring real value to the taxpayer who funds the work.

Wednesday 4 July 2012

Latest Dounreay demolition caught on camera

The decontamination and waste handling facility, code named D1207, is the latest plant to be demolished at Dounreay.

Wednesday 4 July 2012

Dounreay strengthens enterprise team

Dounreay's June Love is being seconded to Highlands and Islands Enterprise to support its efforts to regenerate the economy of the area.

Friday 29 June 2012

Dounreay's latest performance figures reported

The latest edition of Dounreay's monthly performance report has been published.

Wednesday 27 June 2012

Dounreay less important to north economy, report reveals

The economy in the north of Scotland is now less dependent on Dounreay, a new report published today has found.

Thursday 14 June 2012

Safer clean-up for workers wearing airfed suits

Two new developments are making it safer for workers taking apart some of the most hazardous facilities at Dounreay.

Friday 8 June 2012

Dounreay set for trade event

Scotland’s biggest annual trade showcase of decommissioning expertise is to take place at Dounreay on June 14.

Thursday 7 June 2012

New film reveals Dounreay's natural beauty

It’s a side of Dounreay rarely seen by the outside world - otters, stoats and rare breeding birds living cheek by jowl with Britain’s biggest nuclear clean-up project.

Thursday 7 June 2012

Dounreay reports dose reductions at international conference

Dounreay has reported a reduction in average exposure to radiation while increasing the pace of work to dismantle high-hazard facilities.

Wednesday 6 June 2012

Dounreay shares clean-up knowledge with Japan

Dounreay’s experience of cleaning up and decommissioning is being shared with Japan where the country's nuclear industry faces challenges on a much bigger scale.

Friday 1 June 2012

Banjo player in the rhythm of Dounreay demolition

An enterprising worker is turning wood from the demolition of Britain’s second biggest nuclear site into banjos.

Friday 1 June 2012

DSRL closed for long weekend

The offices of Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd are closed from 1615hrs on Friday, June 1, until 0800hrs on Wednesday, June 6 for a holiday weekend. If you require urgent assistance during this period, please contact the shift manager on 01847 803210 or the duty press officer on 01847 802121.

Friday 1 June 2012

Sodium tank decommissioning highlighted in site newspaper

Dounreay’s site newspaper this month focuses on the decommissioning of the third and final ‘dirty dump’ tank to be removed from the Prototype Fast Reactor.

Thursday 31 May 2012

Work starts on new lab to complete site clean-up

Britain’s newest laboratory for the analysis of radioactive materials is under construction.

Wednesday 30 May 2012

Top safety award for Dounreay

Dounreay has picked up one of Britain’s top awards for workplace safety.

Tuesday 29 May 2012

Particle recovery work resumes offshore

Land and Marine has resumed its search of the seabed near Dounreay for "significant" fragments of nuclear fuel.

Thursday 24 May 2012

Exotic fuels - NDA publishes feedback on options

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has published its response to eight organisations and five individuals who commented on the options for managing the remainder of its "exotic" fuels at Dounreay.

Tuesday 22 May 2012

Dounreay lets 4.3m contract for waste disposal plant

Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd has awarded a £4.3 million contract to design and build a plant for the disposal of low-level radioactive waste from the clean-up and demolition of the site.

Monday 21 May 2012

Site alert to be tested today

Dounreay's site alert will be tested at 5pm today as part of ongoing efforts to fix a suspected electrical fault in the system.

Saturday 19 May 2012

Fault with Dounreay site alert system

At 0735hrs this morning, Saturday May 19th, the Dounreay site alert activated for a period of 20 - 30 seconds.

Monday 14 May 2012

NDA sees savings in integrated waste approach

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority believes the cost of managing radioactive waste from its sites could be reduced by billions of pounds through a more strategic approach.

Monday 14 May 2012

New team shares shutdown plan with supply chain

Dounreay’s new executive team outlined its approach to site closure at a briefing session for contractors and sub-contractors.

Friday 4 May 2012

Liquid metal destruction featured in Dounreay newspaper

 Dounreay’s site newspaper this month focuses on the destruction of the site’s hazardous liquid metal legacy.

Thursday 3 May 2012

Latest performance figures reported for Dounreay

The latest edition of Dounreay's monthly performance report has been published.

Tuesday 1 May 2012

Clean-up set to resume offshore

Work to clean up and close down the redundant nuclear site at Dounreay moves offshore again this month.

Thursday 19 April 2012

Dounreay cuts electricity use by 3 per cent

Dounreay reduced its electricity consumption by almost three per cent last year but still used up enough energy during its decommissioning to supply a small town of 8000 people.

Friday 6 April 2012

Dounreay announces destruction of major hazard

Dounreay today completed the destruction of one of the most hazardous legacies of Britain’s earliest atomic research.

Thursday 5 April 2012

Latest performance figures reported for February 2012

The latest edition of Dounreay's monthly performance report has been published.

Tuesday 3 April 2012

Handover to Dounreay's new clean-up team in April site newspaper

Dounreay’s site newspaper this month focuses on the handover to the site’s new clean-up team who have won the largest site closure contract ever let in the UK.

Monday 2 April 2012

Gone by 2025 - new clean-up team sets out vision for site closure

Senior figures from government and industry are gathering at Dounreay today to hear the site’s new clean-up team set out their vision to accelerate the demolition of Britain’s second largest civil nuclear site.

Monday 2 April 2012

NDA business plan sets out goals for Dounreay clean-up

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority today publishes its business plan for 2012/13, setting out key clean-up goals for sites such as Dounreay to achieve.

Sunday 1 April 2012

Babcock consortium acquires site licence company

Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd is under new ownership from today.

Wednesday 28 March 2012

Award recognises high safety standards at Dounreay

The British Safety Council has named Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd among its list of International Safety Awards for 2012.

Tuesday 27 March 2012

Another gap appears in Fuel Cycle Area

Another gap has opened up in the skyline of Dounreay with the demolition of the latest redundant facility.

Tuesday 20 March 2012

Work begins on railhead to support site closure

Construction work is underway on a new railhead to support the closure of the redundant nuclear site at Dounreay.

Friday 16 March 2012

Scottish Government rules on waste substitution

Scottish Government today announced the outcome of consultation on the return of radioactive waste to countries that sent their nuclear fuel to Dounreay in the 1990s for reprocessing.

Friday 16 March 2012

Dounreay fuels - closing date for comments is March 23

March 23 is the closing date for the submission of views to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority about options for managing its stock of nuclear fuel at Dounreay.

Wednesday 14 March 2012

Civil Nuclear Constabulary training exercise

The Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) will be holding a training exercise at Dounreay on the evening of Wednesday, March 14, that will include both DSRL and Northern Constabulary staff.

Thursday 8 March 2012

New police firearms range is planned

Members of the public are being invited to find out more about a new police firearms training facility for Civil Nuclear Constabulary officers stationed at Dounreay.

Monday 5 March 2012

Demolitions feature in latest issue of site newspaper

Dounreay is changing shape as two more buildings in the fuel cycle area are demolished.

Friday 2 March 2012

Dounreay's latest performance figures published for January 2012

 The latest edition of Dounreay's monthly performance report has been published.

Friday 24 February 2012

Blasting to begin at waste disposal site

DSRL is informing staff and neighbours that blasting operations at the site of a new waste disposal facility will start during the afternoon of Thursday, March 1.

Tuesday 21 February 2012

Dismantled pipe activates smoke alarm

The site’s fire brigade was called out shortly before 6am this morning when a smoke alarm activated in the Prototype Fast Reactor complex.

Tuesday 21 February 2012

More of Dounreay turned into rubble

More of Dounreay is disappearing in a pile of rubble.

Monday 20 February 2012

DSRL informs SEPA of potentially significant particle find

Dounreay clean-up contractor DSRL has informed the Scottish Environment Protection Agency of additional tests being carried out on a particle recovered during routine monitoring of a beach near the redundant nuclear site.

Thursday 16 February 2012

Dounreay backs science campaign in schools

Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd has agreed a three-year funding package to support the promotion of science and engineering in local schools.

Tuesday 14 February 2012

DFR clean-up's a dirty job

The decommissioning teams taking apart Dounreay’s famous dome are reducing the hazard every minute of every day.

Tuesday 7 February 2012

NDA examines options for Dounreay 'exotic' fuels

 The future of the remaining ‘exotic’ fuels and nuclear materials at Dounreay is being considered by the NDA who have today published a paper outlining two options for the material.

Thursday 2 February 2012

NDA invites bursary applications

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, which owns Dounreay and funds its site closure programme, is offering a bursary up to £500,000 to encourage university research projects that can contribute to its clean-up mission.

Wednesday 1 February 2012

Apprentice activities in the spotlight in site newspaper

Dounreay’s apprentices had a busy year in 2011, and their activities are featured in the February issue of the site newspaper, Dounreay News, now available online.

Tuesday 31 January 2012

Public consultation for new Dounreay waste disposal facility

SEPA has announced its intention to hold a public consultation on the proposed solid low level radioactive waste disposal facility at Dounreay.

Friday 27 January 2012

Latest performance figures reported for December 2011

 The latest edition of Dounreay's monthly performance report has been published.

Thursday 26 January 2012

Shoe contamination detected

Traces of contamination were found on the shoes of a number of operators who were preparing a building for demolition. 

Wednesday 11 January 2012

Demolition team moves into D1200

A demolition team has moved in to begin dismantling another part of the former Fuel Cycle Area at Dounreay.

Tuesday 10 January 2012

Major hazard reduces to final few batches

Dounreay is within touching distance of completing one of Britain’s most important nuclear clean-up tasks.

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