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The i3 Decommissioning Partners, a joint venture (JV) between Altrad, Shepley Engineers Ltd and Jacobs operating at Sellafield, have now commenced the removal of radioactive waste, moving it to modern storage on the site via purpose-built stainless steel waste containers.
Standing in the oldest part of the Sellafield site, the Magnox Swarf Storage Silo has stored nuclear waste in its water-filled chambers for the past 60 years.
Once a vital part of the nation’s nuclear energy generation, the building stored the casings removed from used fuel rods from Magnox reactors so that the fuel inside could be reprocessed.
Due to the age of the building, the contents held inside, and the fact that it was never built with decommissioning in mind, it is one of the most hazardous nuclear facilities within the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s (NDA) estate.
Mike Lacey, i3 Project Director for Altrad said:
“The start of retrievals from the Magnox Swarf Storage Silo is a major milestone for Sellafield and we are proud to support the Sellafield team on this important project. Our people have been outstanding, working in some of the most challenging conditions, supported by a world class supply chain who have, without exception, responded to our requests in a timely manner. I am immensely proud of this team, and they should all be proud of their achievements”
You can find out more about this project by clicking here to watch a video which documents the commencement.