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Our aim is to become the European reference site for excellence in decommissioning

The Site

Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL) is the site licence company responsible for the clean-up and demolition of Britain's former centre of fast reactor research and development.


DSRL is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Cavendish Dounreay Partnership Ltd, a consortium of Cavendish Nuclear, CH2M and AECOM. It is funded by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) to deliver the site closure programme.

Today, Dounreay is a site of construction, demolition and waste management, all of it designed to return the site to as near as practicable its original condition.

The experimental nature of many of its redundant facilities means the clean-up and demolition requires innovation as well as great care.

Site closure involves:

  • Cleaning out and demolishing redundant nuclear and non-nuclear facilities
  • Segregating and packaging the radioactive and non-radioactive wastes for long-term storage or disposal
  • Removing nuclear fuels that can be used again elsewhere
  • Leaving the site and its environment in a condition that is safe for future generations

Dounreay is recognised as the most complex nuclear site closure project in Europe.

The skills and enterprise it fosters are giving Scottish companies a platform to compete in the global decommissioning market.

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