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Monday 23 December 2013

Dounreay Christmas and New Year Closure

Dounreay closes for the holidays on Tuesday, December 24 and re-opens on Monday, January 6, 2014.

Tuesday 10 December 2013

Dounreay supercompactor prepares for re-start

Dounreay’s low level waste drum crushing plant will soon be back in full working order.

Tuesday 10 December 2013

Supply chain briefing on opportunities at Dounreay to be held

DSRL will be holding a supply chain briefing to give an update on future procurement opportunities at Dounreay.

Thursday 5 December 2013

Site closed

Due to severe weather, the Dounreay site has been closed and all non-essential personnel have been sent home. 

Tuesday 3 December 2013

NDA sets out Dounreay clean-up goals

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, the public body that owns Dounreay and funds its clean-up, today set out key milestones for the site over the next three years.

An image taken by the camera inside the reactor vessel

Tuesday 3 December 2013

Dounreay camera innovation wins NDA award

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority recognised the role played by a Wick-based manufacturer at Dounreay in its national awards for the UK supply chain.

Thursday 28 November 2013

Creative thinking helps reactor demolition

Another pioneering in-house invention has allowed the PFR reactor dismantling team to complete one of the final phases of the reactor dismantling ready for final demolition.

Tuesday 19 November 2013

Hazardous liquid waste cementation reaches milestone

The last batch of higher activity liquid waste produced during Dounreay’s Materials Test Reactor (MTR) research reactor reprocessing history was cemented into a drum on November 7.

Friday 15 November 2013

Revised Dounreay Planning Framework out for consultation

The Highland Council is looking for your views on the revised Dounreay Planning Framework (DPF), which is out for consultation until January 16, 2014.

Wednesday 6 November 2013

NDA publishes revised guidelines on intellectual property

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority have issued revised guidelines on the way in which intellectual property will be treated.

Tuesday 5 November 2013

Enhanced inspection to continue until hazards reduce further

A report published today underlines how much work remains to be done at Dounreay before the site can be left in a safe condition for future generations.

Thursday 31 October 2013

Radiation dose to public from Dounreay reduces

Dounreay’s radioactive impact on the environment continues to fall, according to a report.

Friday 25 October 2013

Change of name for Dounreay Parent Body Organisation

Dounreay’s parent body organisation – the consortium of international companies that owns and manages DSRL – is getting a new name.

Friday 4 October 2013

Overseas opportunity for supply chain businesses

Manufacturing businesses in the decommissioning supply chain are being invited to apply for up to £1 million of support that will help them compete for work in the global nuclear market.

Wednesday 2 October 2013

Testing of Dounreay site alert system

Unscheduled intermittent testing of the new Dounreay site alert system will take place on Thursday October 3, 2013 between 1000 hours and 1200 hours.

Thursday 26 September 2013

DSRL consolidates key site services

Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd is strengthening its capacity to deliver the closure of the site in 2022-25 by changing the way some essential services are delivered.

Friday 20 September 2013

Babcock Dounreay Partnership recognised in award ceremony

The Babcock Dounreay Partnership (BDP) has won an award in this year’s Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) Highlands and Islands business awards.

Monday 16 September 2013

Still time to register for top UK nuclear decommissioning event

More than 700 delegates have now registered for this year’s prestigious NDA Estate Supply Chain Event 2013, which will be held at EventCity, Manchester, on 13 November.

Wednesday 11 September 2013

Dounreay Emergency Exercise

An emergency exercise will be held at Dounreay on Wednesday 18th September 2013.

Tuesday 3 September 2013

Metal giants stripped out and sold

Hoisting out giant pieces of redundant equipment is becoming second nature to the project teams working at PFR.

Friday 23 August 2013

Decade of work at Dounreay, apprentices told

 Nine Dounreay apprentices who received Indenture Certificates at their graduation ceremony last Friday were encouraged to become involved in the "guaranteed decade of work" left on the site.

Wednesday 21 August 2013

Reactor decommissioning demonstrates new approach to bulk waste disposal

Dounreay’s highly active fuel examination cave is the first structure on site to be removed using the Babcock Dounreay Partnership’s bulk approach to waste disposal.

Monday 19 August 2013

Nuclear archive to be built in Caithness

 Dounreay’s huge collection of historic documents will be among the first items to be stored in the new archive to be built in Caithness.

Tuesday 13 August 2013

Dounreay spend with smaller contractors increasing

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has published figures showing that levels of contract spending with smaller businesses is increasing across their sites.

Thursday 25 July 2013

CNC training exercise

There will be a Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) firearms training exercise taking place on site this week on Friday, July 26 between 1800hrs and 2200hrs.

Thursday 25 July 2013

Businesses invited to enter NDA supply chain awards

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority is now inviting businesses to enter the prestigious NDA Estate Supply Chain Awards 2013 which recognise outstanding contributions to the nuclear clean-up mission.

Friday 12 July 2013

Strip out for Dounreay plant that Margaret Thatcher opened

The late Margaret Thatcher would not recognise Dounreay’s fast reactor fuel reprocessing plant as the same facility that she formally opened in September 1979.

Thursday 4 July 2013

Wick Harbour to benefit from NDA funding

 Dounreay today welcomed the news that the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) will provide substantial funding to help Wick Harbour attract new jobs to the area.

Friday 21 June 2013

DFR lead baths are hoisted out

Three lead baths weighing between twenty-one and twenty-eight tonnes each have been hoisted out of the redundant Dounreay Fast Reactor.

Thursday 13 June 2013

Dounreay modifies beach monitoring system

Dounreay has modified the equipment used to detect particles on beaches near the site following the discovery last year of a particle with an unusual radiation signal.

Wednesday 5 June 2013

Dounreay granted planning permission for shaft and silo work

 The world’s deepest nuclear clean-up job has been given the green light by the planning authorities.

Tuesday 4 June 2013

Site Emergency Exercise

An emergency exercise will be held at Dounreay on the afternoon of June 5, 2013.

Friday 31 May 2013

Crane fix restarts plant clean up

Lateral thinking to solve a crane breakdown has restarted decommissioning at Dounreay’s reprocessing plant.

Wednesday 22 May 2013

Dounreay to host annual trade show

Scotland’s biggest annual trade showcase of decommissioning expertise is to take place at Dounreay on June 6.

Thursday 16 May 2013

Apprentices help schools keep their Goblins on track

Dounreay apprentices who are also STEM ambassadors are once again working with local primary schools in Caithness and North Sutherland over the summer on a project to build a ‘Goblin’ electric car.

Wednesday 1 May 2013

Dounreay wins international safety award

Nuclear decommissioning company Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL) has won a prestigious international safety award with merit from one of the world’s leading health and safety organisations.

Wednesday 1 May 2013

Bigger venue for 2013 supply chain event

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's showcase event for the supply chain is moving to a bigger venue.

Wednesday 24 April 2013

Camera records historic images

A camera has delved into the depths of Dounreay’s famous dome and captured the first footage for over fifty years of Britain’s first Fast Breeder Reactor.

Friday 12 April 2013

Dounreay to hold evening emergency exercise

An emergency exercise will be held at Dounreay on the evening of Wednesday April 17.

Wednesday 3 April 2013

Nuclear industry learns Olympics lessons

Staging the London Olympics required unprecedented levels of co-ordination and planning, with issues ranging from financial and project controls to construction and infrastructure as well as political and cultural sensitivities – plus much more.

Tuesday 2 April 2013

Mark Rouse takes over at Dounreay

Mark Rouse is the new managing director of Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd.

Thursday 28 March 2013

Easter site closure

Dounreay closes for the Easter holidays on Thursday, March 28 and reopens on Tuesday, April 2. 

Thursday 28 March 2013

NDA publishes 2013-16 Business Plan

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has today published its 2013-16 Business Plan which sets out its delivery priorities for the period as it continues to focus on accelerating hazard reduction across its 19-site estate.

Friday 8 March 2013

Fuel and waste transport leaflet is updated

Dounreay has updated an information leaflet that explains the difference between nuclear fuel and radioactive waste, and how each is being managed as part of the closure of the site.

Thursday 21 February 2013

NDA to remove remainder of fuel from Dounreay

Closure of the Dounreay site moved another step nearer today when the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority announced its intention to remove the remainder of the nuclear fuel it inherited from the UK Atomic Energy Authority.

Tuesday 12 February 2013

New publication showcases Caithness


Thursday 24 January 2013

Prompt action smothers smoking waste crate

Radioactive junk from the strip-out and dismantling of redundant plant at Dounreay is sent to a waste sorting facility where it is cut up and packed in drums for storage. This work takes place inside a containment cell using remotely-operated tools.

Thursday 17 January 2013

New Fire Arms Training Facility Drop-in Session

Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL), on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, are proposing to construct a new training facility for the Civil Nuclear Constabulary based at Dounreay.

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