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Dounreay reactors safety record continues

Dounreay reactors safety record continues

Earlier this month Dounreay’s two former electricity generating plants – now being demolished – knocked up a combined total of thirteen years without a lost time accident.

This equates to an outstanding 11,887,888 man hours.

As the hazardous decommissioning work rapidly progresses within its redundant nuclear reactors, maintaining a flawless safety record is an achievement DSRL’s reactor demolition teams are extremely proud of.

As worldwide leaders in the nuclear decommissioning industry Dounreay’s Prototype Fast Reactor and the Dounreay Fast Reactor are proven to be forward thinking and safety conscious facilities despite the complexities of the hazardous work involved, and are demonstrating innovative safety measures and safe working practices whilst maintaining a totally safe working environment.

Mike Brown, reactor decommissioning manager, said: “The reactor teams, both DSRL and its contractors, recognise that safety must be at the forefront of everything we do. Decommissioning plants over half a century old brings with it many challenges and maintaining a safe working platform to do this is essential. I can’t commend the teams enough for buying into this culture and continuing to initiate an ongoing safety improvement programme which is clearly valuable given this remarkable achievement.’

Work carried out on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to pull apart the two former reactors is rapidly progressing with DFR’s successful removal of the highly hazardous liquid metal coolant and the removal of large items of redundant equipment being ripped out of PFR as the plant is dismantled as part of the site’s overall shutdown programme.

A poster showing some of the successful reactor dismantling achievements during the past five years is available on our website.