During the spring bank holiday weekend a dedicated team of Dounreay’s decommissioning experts played host to members of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO).
The seventeen delegates, who travelled from seven different countries spanning the globe, were given guided tours round three significant plants; the Dounreay Fast Reactor, Prototype Fast Reactor and the WRACS waste facility.
The group form part of the fast reactors division of the WANO organisation, with the majority of their nuclear reactors now also shutdown and undergoing decommissioning.
DSRL’s Ron Hibbert, a project manager in PFR, was the event co-ordinator, and explained: “Decommissioning Dounreay is one of the most significant nuclear challenges in the UK today, containing some of the highest hazards on the NDA estate. Working with other organisations dealing with similar decommissioning challenges allows us to share knowledge and develop new ideas together for taking apart our redundant nuclear reactors.”
Mike Brown, reactors decommissioning unit manager, added: “Removal of the highly dangerous material within our reactors is crucial to the site’s decommissioning programme and passivation and the carbonation process of liquid metal is a fundamental step forward in achieving this. We were honoured to host the WANO conference again this year and will continue to work with our colleagues around the world to safely dismantle our nuclear facilities.”
Dounreay hosted a WANO conference back in June 2003, with the last conference taking place in the US two years ago.