International Nuclear Services has taken over formal management responsibility from Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd for the site’s overseas reprocessing contracts, on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
The majority of these contracts were entered into by the UK Atomic Energy Authority during its management of Dounreay in the 1980s and 1990s.
Reprocessed ceased at Dounreay in 1996 and fuel fabrication in 2004.
The extant contracts transferred from the Atomic Energy Authority to the NDA in 2005.
Closure of these contracts is a small but important part of the site clean-up and shutdown programme.
INS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the NDA and, as the NDA’s sales agent, manages contracts and relationships with customers in the UK and overseas for irradiated fuel management services and the transport of nuclear materials.
The transfer of this responsibility will enable DSRL to continue to focus on the safe clean-up and demolition of the Dounreay site. In addition, synergy can be achieved by INS managing these contracts alongside those already being managed by INS on behalf of the NDA.