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Plasma-arc cuts through old fuel plant

January 29, 2009

The plasm-arc cutters are being used inside shielded cells using remote controls

Dounreay's latest monthly performance report is now available.

The four-page report for December features pioneering work to cut up and dismantle an old plant using plasma-arc cutting techniques. The facility once examined material that had been burned in a reactor, so the cutting equipment is being operated remotely to protect workers from radiation.

"During inactive trials of the plasma-arc cutters, we found it could slice through the thick steel plates much faster than conventional cutting tools," says project manager Gordon Tait.

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