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Friday 24 December 2010

Sphere repaint under review

The redundant reactor inside the sphere is a major chemical and radiological hazard.

Thursday 23 December 2010

Site closed for Christmas and New Year

Dounreay closes for the holidays on Friday, December 24 and reopens on Wednesday, January 5.

Sandy Moran and James Macadie are among the Johnson Controls staff working round the clock to keep the roads open

Wednesday 22 December 2010

Dounreay ploughs keep the roads open

Snow plough drivers from Dounreay have worked round the clock to keep open one of Britain’s most exposed stretches of main road during the severe weather.

Tuesday 21 December 2010

Experts get ready to open liquid metal vaults

Experts are getting to look inside a concrete vault used to store liquid metal from the cooling system of the Dounreay Fast Reactor.

Monday 20 December 2010

Performance figures for November published

 Dounreay's performance report for November has been published.

Monday 20 December 2010

Dounreay weather station goes on-line

Real-time information from Dounreay's weather station can now be viewed on-line.

Friday 17 December 2010

Severe weather closes site

As a result of severe weather affecting the north coast of Scotland, Dounreay is closed to non-essential personnel on Friday, December 17.

Thursday 16 December 2010

Dounreay updates site closure plan

Dounreay’s site closure programme is changing shape as the site falls into line with a cap on funding and prepares for the appointment of a new parent body organisation for the site licence company.

Tuesday 14 December 2010

Reactor safety record continues

The PFR decommissioning team has reached six years without a lost time accident, which equates to approximately two million man hours.

Wednesday 8 December 2010

Historic huts go

Erected at Dounreay in the mid nineteen-sixties, (when the Beatles were in their hey-day), to house the team that built PFR, the cluster of office buildings known as DN023 have now been demolished.

Monday 6 December 2010

Christmas issue of Dounreay News published

 The December issue of the site newspaper, Dounreay News, has now been published and is also available online. It’s a bumper Christmas edition, with 20 pages packed with news and articles.

Monday 6 December 2010

Uranium plant comes apart

Fifty years ago it was a cornerstone of British research with highly-enriched uranium.

Friday 3 December 2010

Government consults on Dounreay waste substitution

The Scottish and UK governments today opened a public consultation on the return of waste to customers of the former UK Atomic Energy Authority fuels business at Dounreay.

Thursday 2 December 2010

NDA sets out clean-up goals for Dounreay

Dounreay’s owners today published for consultation their 2011/12 business plan, which includes a summary of key decommissioning tasks to be completed next year.

Wednesday 1 December 2010

The Dounreay Story on You Tube

A new film telling the story of Dounreay, from its inception through to closure, has been released.

Friday 26 November 2010

October performance figures published

Dounreay's performance report for October 2010 has been published.

Thursday 25 November 2010

Kane joins DSRL senior management team

 Joe Kane has joined the DSRL senior management team as the new head of the Commercial department, following the departure of temporary manager Iain Caine.

Thursday 11 November 2010

New seabed machine cleans up 429 fuel fragments

The latest phase of offshore clean-up recovered 429 fragments from the seabed off Dounreay during August, September and October.

Thursday 11 November 2010

Siren to sound for Armistice Day

Dounreay's site alert will be sounded at 11am on Thursday, November 11, for workers who wish to observe Armistice Day.

Wednesday 3 November 2010

Dounreay site newspaper for November online

The November issue of the site newspaper, Dounreay News, has now been published and is also available online.

Tuesday 2 November 2010

Dounreay publishes performance figures for September

Dounreay's performance report for September has been published.

Monday 1 November 2010

French regulators turn to Auld Alliance for decommissioning help

Four experts from the Autorité de Sureté Nucleaire, the French nuclear safety inspectorate, spent a day at Dounreay discussing the decommissioning of alkali metal cooled fast reactors.

Friday 29 October 2010

Casualty star treads the boards for safety at Dounreay

Casualty star Ronnie McCann is helping workers at Dounreay stay out of real-life accident and emergency units.

Thursday 28 October 2010

Archaeologists search LLW disposal site

Archaeologists are surveying fields next to Dounreay prior to their development as a site for the disposal of low-active waste from its decommissioning.

Wednesday 20 October 2010

Dounreay boss welcomes funding announcement

Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd today welcomed an announcement about how much public money will be available to continue nuclear clean-up in the UK.

Wednesday 13 October 2010

Radioactivity in food and the environment around Dounreay

A report published today provides detailed information about the levels of radioactivity in food and the environment around Dounreay.

Wednesday 6 October 2010

DFR clean-up going to plan

A decommissioning team is well on its way to emptying the water-filled ponds used historically to store spent fuel from the Dounreay Fast Reactor.

Tuesday 5 October 2010

DSRL welcomes £2m boost for Scrabster Harbour

 DSRL's managing director Simon Middlemas today welcomed the Government’s announcement of £2m NDA socio economic funding for the development of Scrabster Harbour.

Monday 4 October 2010

Latest issue of Dounreay News published online

 The October issue of the site newspaper, Dounreay News, has now been published and is also available online.

Friday 1 October 2010

August performance figures published

 Dounreay's performance figures for August have been published online.

Thursday 30 September 2010

Offshore clean-up recovers more than 270 fragments

More than 270 fragments of nuclear fuel have been recovered from the seabed since the latest phase of offshore clean-up got underway at the start of August.

Tuesday 28 September 2010

Newspaper showcase for site closure work

Britain's biggest nuclear site closure project is showcased in a 32-page, full-colour newspaper published today.

Friday 24 September 2010

Secretary of State visits Dounreay

Michael Moore, Secretary of State for Scotland in the UK Government, today visited Dounreay to see how the nation’s experiment with fast breeder reactors is being dismantled.

Tuesday 21 September 2010

Exercise to test 999 services

An exercise is being held in Inverness on Wednesday, September 22, to test how the 999 services would respond to an accident at Dounreay.

Tuesday 21 September 2010

Dounreay police help kids learn about safety

Dounreay officials have been helping local organisations educate hundreds of local youngsters about everyday dangers in their lives.

Monday 20 September 2010

Dounreay adopts charter for supply chain

Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd is among the companies operating on NDA sites to adopt a new charter designed to improve working relationships throughout the supply chain.

Friday 17 September 2010

Five firms short-listed for major construction contract

Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd has short-listed five companies to compete for a contract to design and build a disposal facility for low-level radioactive waste from the decommissioning of Britain’s fast reactor experiment.

Thursday 16 September 2010

Dounreay sets out what will be kept when site has gone

Dounreay’s clean-up and closure contractor today sets out how it will leave in place a cultural legacy of Britain’s 20th century experiment with fast breeder nuclear reactors when the site itself has been flattened.

Monday 13 September 2010

Dounreay joins UK review of waste management

Dounreay’s clean-up company is taking part in a UK initiative that aims to standardise the way Britain’s most hazardous radioactive wastes are looked after in future.

Monday 6 September 2010

September's issue of Dounreay News available online

 The September issue of the site newspaper, Dounreay News, has now been published and is also available online.

Friday 3 September 2010

Apprentices can thrive in new offshore boom

A new generation of workers emerging from the shutdown of Dounreay can become the backbone of Scotland’s biggest offshore development since the discovery of oil in the North Sea over 40 years ago.

Thursday 2 September 2010

PFR plant prepped for demolition

An inconspicuous building, hugging the north coast of the Dounreay site and nestling in the shadows of PFR, is the old active effluent treatment plant.

Wednesday 1 September 2010

NDA publishes strategy for consultation

The public body responsible for the clean-up and closure of Dounreay today publishes its draft strategy for consultation.

Tuesday 31 August 2010

Old PFR construction offices set for demolition

A demolition team has stripped out a suite of redundant offices in preparation for the bulldozers moving in.

Monday 30 August 2010

Site performance report for July now online

 Dounreay's performance report for July has been published.

Friday 27 August 2010

New site closure plan begins to take shape

Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd is updating its workforce this week about the changing shape of the site closure plan and efforts to bring new industry to the area.

Thursday 26 August 2010

Bulldozers get ready for Craig More House

A demolition team is preparing to move into Craig More House at Dounreay.

Wednesday 25 August 2010

Metal destruction rate powers ahead

One of the most important decommissioning projects at Dounreay has chalked up one of its most impressive monthly performances.

Wednesday 25 August 2010

Full museum status awarded to attraction charting Dounreay’s history

The magnificently restored Thurso Town Hall and Carnegie Library hosts a museum and community facility that captures the past brought to life through displays and interpretation and has a dedicated Dounreay room charting the history of the site dating back to the 1950’s.

Friday 6 August 2010

Dounreay clean-up moves offshore and up a gear

Dounreay’s site closure programme is moving offshore and up a gear to recover more radioactive waste from the seabed.

Friday 6 August 2010

Heritage strategy to be published next month

Britain’s first heritage strategy for a nuclear site is set to be published next month.

Thursday 5 August 2010

Shutdown plan includes help for workers and business

A new report sets out how Dounreay’s clean-up contractor is helping staff and local businesses adjust to site closure.

Wednesday 4 August 2010

Work begins to dismantle uranium line

Work is underway to dismantle the next area of a chemical plant that played a key role in the recycling of nuclear fuel at Dounreay.

Wednesday 4 August 2010

August issue of site newspaper available online

The August issue of the site newspaper, Dounreay News, has now been published and is also available online.

Friday 30 July 2010

Directors sought for £4m community fund

Members of the public are being invited to serve as board members of a new community fund from Dounreay worth £4 million.

Thursday 29 July 2010

Dounreay goes wild for biodiversity project

In International Biodiversity year, a honey of an environmental project has set Dounreay buzzing.

Tuesday 27 July 2010

Dounreay director to take on new role with Babcock International

Roger Hardy, Babcock International Group’s managing director - nuclear, has announced the future appointment of Simon Middlemas to the post of key account director NDA with Babcock International.

Monday 26 July 2010

June performance report now online

Dounreay's performance report for June has been published.

Tuesday 20 July 2010

Dounreay rubble to be recycled in site remediation

Almost a million tonnes of rubble from the demolition of Dounreay is set to be turned into hardcore and used in the remediation of the former nuclear research site.

Tuesday 20 July 2010

New DSRL Suppliers pages launched

The new DSRL Suppliers pages have gone live on the website. 

Monday 19 July 2010

Bigger clean-up machine heads for Dounreay seabed

The next phase of work to remove particles from the seabed at Dounreay will get underway later this month.

Monday 12 July 2010

Dounreay hosts world-wide conference

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).

Thursday 1 July 2010

Latest issue of Dounreay News published

 The July issue of the site newspaper, Dounreay News, has now been published and is also available online.

Wednesday 30 June 2010

Life at Dounreay a hard slog in war time

 A recently-discovered booklet offers a glimpse of life at Dounreay’s airfield during the Second World War.

Tuesday 29 June 2010

Plutonium facility clean-up captured on film

A legacy of Dounreay’s commercial venture into nuclear reprocessing has been consigned to history.

Monday 28 June 2010

Nuclear spanners just the job for steam railway

 A box of huge imperial ‘flogging’ spanners, found in the Prototype Fast Reactor's turbine hall, are starting a new life with a Highland steam railway.

Friday 25 June 2010

Dounreay Police to exercise security arrangements

The annual site counter terrorist exercise will take place at Dounreay during the evening of Wednesday, June 30. The site alert may be sounded.

Friday 25 June 2010

DFR hazard destruction ahead of schedule

Safe destruction of over 20,000 litres of the liquid metal left over from the UK’s first fast reactor experiment is a milestone several weeks ahead of schedule that the Dounreay Fast Reactor decommissioning team can be very proud of.

Friday 25 June 2010

International safety award for Dounreay

Dounreay’s continuing efforts to improve the safety of its workforce were recognised at a leading event attended by 900 guests from around the world.

Thursday 24 June 2010

Dounreay publishes May performance report

 Dounreay's performance report for May has been published.

Wednesday 23 June 2010

DSRL publishes annual report and accounts for 2009/10

DSRL has published its annual report and accounts for the year ended March 31, 2010.

Monday 21 June 2010

Crane removal captured on film

 The removal of a building crane in one of Dounreay’s redundant facilities has been captured on film.

Tuesday 15 June 2010

NDA publishes environment baseline report

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has published site specific baselines for its sites, including Dounreay, as part of its strategic environmental assessment.

Tuesday 15 June 2010

Two consortia announced in Dounreay competition

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has announced two consortia that will proceed to the next stage of competition for a parent body organisation for Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd.

Thursday 10 June 2010

New clean-up contracts will reduce cost to NDA

Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd has awarded contracts worth in excess of £12 million to three companies to provide skilled staff for the next phase of dismantling the site.

Tuesday 8 June 2010

Redundant uranium plant is broken up

A chemical plant built 20 years ago to process fuel from Germany’s high temperature reactor programme is the latest piece of Dounreay to be scrapped and turned into radioactive waste.

Monday 7 June 2010

Toxic hazard levels are dropping fast

The Dounreay plant that destroys the largest single hazard left over from the fast reactor experiment is working full throttle and has destroyed the equivalent of approximately 19,000 litre bottles of the liquid metal.

Monday 7 June 2010

Classic film gets new lease of life

A classic piece of Dounreay’s heritage from the 1950s has been given a new lease of life on the Internet.

Friday 4 June 2010

Dounreay workers could dismantle ageing rigs

The potential of tidal energy and the prospect of the world’s biggest underwater power station being built in the Pentland Firth has been in the headlines. But it’s not the only potential area of new employment for Dounreay workers that the site is supporting.

Wednesday 2 June 2010

June issue of Dounreay News online

 The June issue of the site newspaper, Dounreay News, has now been published and is also available online.

Friday 28 May 2010

Fire brigade extinguishes sodium outbreak

At 0040hrs today, a fire alarm sounded inside the Prototype Fast Reactor complex. One person who was in the building at the time immediately evacuated the area.

Thursday 27 May 2010

Dounreay recycles clean waste from nuclear clean-up

 A site which once recycled spent nuclear fuel is now committed to recycling the clean waste produced by its decommissioning programme.

Thursday 27 May 2010

Dounreay hosts technology trade show

Some of Britain's leading suppliers of technology to the nuclear industry are at Dounreay today for the site's annual trade exhibition.

Wednesday 26 May 2010

Dounreay hands over old fuel contracts

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.

Monday 24 May 2010

April issue of performance report published

Dounreay's performance report for April has been published.

Friday 21 May 2010

New films focus on waste shaft

Two new films have been released about an underground shaft used for the disposal of intermediate level waste at Dounreay more than 30 years ago.

Thursday 20 May 2010

Dounreay safety awards windfall for local charities

Dounreay’s annual safety awards have netted a £4000 windfall for local charities and community groups.

Monday 17 May 2010

Dounreay security expert wins global award

A security expert at Dounreay has been honoured for his contribution to ways to improve the security of nuclear material around the world.

Thursday 13 May 2010

Reduction of Dounreay’s historic legacies continues

Dounreay's Prototype Fast Reactor was the second and last fast reactor to be built in the UK. It operated for twenty years until 1994 and had the dual role of providing power to the national grid and offering unique research and development facilities.

Wednesday 12 May 2010

Royal visitors - can you help?

We are carrying out research into members of the royal family who have visited the Dounreay site.

Tuesday 11 May 2010

Dounreay to host trade show for suppliers

More than 40 suppliers to the UK nuclear industry will be taking part in a trade exhibition at Dounreay on May 27.

Tuesday 11 May 2010

Dounreay to exercise emergency arrangements

An exercise to test the emergency arrangements at Dounreay takes place on the morning of Wednesday,  May 12.

Friday 7 May 2010

Dounreay demolition running at 100 sq ft every day

Dounreay is being demolished at a rate of 100 sq. ft. every day, new figures reveal.

Thursday 6 May 2010

May issue of Dounreay site newspaper published

The May issue of the site newspaper, Dounreay News, has now been published and is also available online.

Tuesday 4 May 2010

Dounreay clean up company scoops international safety award

Nuclear decommissioning company Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL) has won a prestigious international safety award from one of the world’s leading health and safety organisations for the second year running.

Tuesday 4 May 2010

Crane replacement timelapse video goes live

A DFR decommissioning team led by Mark Aitken has successfully installed a new 55 tonne crane into the breeder removal building adjacent to DFR.

Wednesday 28 April 2010

Dounreay performance report for March published

 Dounreay's performance report for March has been published.

Thursday 22 April 2010

Film goes underground at Dounreay

A £500,000 project to lay a new pipeline for radioactive effluent from the decommissioning of Dounreay is the subject of a new film.

Wednesday 21 April 2010

DFR pond dismantling steps up a gear

As the decommissioning of Dounreay’s dome continues apace the legacies from the past are being stripped out of the redundant facility.

Tuesday 20 April 2010

Dounreay scientists help kids study solar system

Dounreay’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) ambassadors have been getting involved in helping school children understand the wonders of our solar system.

Thursday 8 April 2010

Sofa so good for reactor inspection

If you were probing the depths of a redundant nuclear reactor with a remotely controlled device resembling a hedgehog that toppled over when cornering, what would you do?

Thursday 8 April 2010

April issue of Dounreay News published

The latest issue of the site newspaper, Dounreay News, has now been published and is also available online.

Wednesday 7 April 2010

Workers hit the jackpot for charity

Almost 200 community projects in the north of Scotland landed a cash windfall thanks to the safety record of workers at Dounreay.

Thursday 1 April 2010

NDA sets out clean-up priorities for Dounreay

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s annual business plan, published today, sets out the key activities it expects to see carried out at Dounreay over the next 12 months.

Wednesday 31 March 2010

Tenders sought for new waste disposal site

Companies are being invited to express interest in tendering for the design and construction of a disposal facility for low-level radioactive waste from the decommissioning of Dounreay and adjacent Vulcan facility.

Wednesday 31 March 2010

Dounreay skills can harness power of the sea

Skills built up in Britain’s most successful nuclear decommissioning project can power Scotland’s new era in electricity from the sea, industrialists in Aberdeen heard today.

Tuesday 30 March 2010

National praise for Dounreay's work with schools

Dounreay has won national recognition for its work to promote engineering and science in local schools.

Monday 29 March 2010

Breeder element strip hits target

Almost 500 irradiated ‘breeder’ elements from the Dounreay Fast Reactor have been successfully de-clad by a small team of workers this year, hitting the target set for the project.

Saturday 27 March 2010

DSRL continues to reduce in size

DSRL is updating staff, trade unions and key stakeholders about the latest forecasts for continued planned reductions in its workforce as more of the site is decommissioned.

Thursday 25 March 2010

All over for the DFR stack

 The original stack from the Dounreay Fast Reactor has ended its days as a pile of scrap metal.

Thursday 25 March 2010

February Performance Report published online

Dounreay's performance report for February has been published.

Tuesday 23 March 2010

More of Dounreay is flattened

Another piece of Dounreay's history has been razed to the ground.

Thursday 11 March 2010

Getting into shape for £150m programme

Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd this week updated staff and local community leaders about the shape of its decommissioning programme following January’s announcement about how much funding will be available in future.

Wednesday 10 March 2010

Heritage plan moves a step closer

A heritage strategy for one of the UK's most important nuclear sites of the 20th century has moved a step closer.

Wednesday 3 March 2010

March issue of Dounreay News published

The March issue of the site newspaper, Dounreay News, has now been published and is also available online.

Tuesday 2 March 2010

Dounreay workers achieve a year without 'lost time accident'

Dounreay’s workforce has notched up a staggering 3.76 million man hours without an industrial work-related personal injury that results in more than three days off work.

Thursday 25 February 2010

Looking inside the Dounreay prototype fast reactor

DSRL’s specialist in-house design team have designed some ingenious inventions over the years.

Monday 22 February 2010

January issue of Performance Report published

Dounreay's performance report for January 2010 has been published.

Wednesday 17 February 2010

Heritage workshop hailed a success

A heritage workshop was held in Edinburgh in January as part of  Dounreay's engagement programme to gather views on its draft Heritage Strategy.

Thursday 11 February 2010

Removal of building crane important step in demolition

A building crane in one of Dounreay’s shut-down facilities became a waste package itself when a much larger crane reached in through the roof and lifted it off its rails.

Wednesday 10 February 2010

Artist gets to work on Dounreay's culture

A Scottish artist is set to bring a new perspective to the cultural heritage of Scotland's biggest nuclear site.

Friday 5 February 2010

Have your say on Dounreay's heritage

DSRL is inviting comments from staff, contractors and the general public on the proposals set out in the Heritage Strategy documents.  Time is running out as the deadline for responses is 8th March, so if you want to have your say on how to retain the heritage of the Dounreay site click here.

Friday 5 February 2010

Site director announces senior management reshuffle

Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd has announced changes to its senior management team.

Thursday 4 February 2010

Coolant destruction is 4000 times cleaner than expected

Emissions from a plant built to destroy one of Britain’s biggest environmental hazards have been up to 4000 times cleaner than its designers expected.

Thursday 4 February 2010

Top apprentice Greg in national finals

One of the youngest apprentices ever recruited at Dounreay is promising to become one of its brightest sparks.

Tuesday 2 February 2010

February issue of Dounreay News published

The February issue of the site newspaper, Dounreay News, has now been published and is also available online.

Saturday 30 January 2010

Dounreay seeks variation in SEPA permit

Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd is seeking a variation to its permit from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency governing the use of cement in a waste processing plant.

Tuesday 26 January 2010

DSRL welcomes assurance on funding

Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd today welcomed an announcement by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority about funding for the site beyond 2011.

Monday 25 January 2010

December performance report available online

Dounreay's performance report for December has been published.

Friday 22 January 2010

Reactor dismantling gathers pace

Preparations for the removal and clean-out of the third giant PFR dirty dump tank are underway.

Thursday 21 January 2010

Reactor pioneers bring back the knowledge

A group of old timers have returned to Dounreay to retrace their steps after working on the construction of the prototype fast reactor over 40 years ago.

Wednesday 20 January 2010

Subsea robot dives into nuclear clean-up

 A robotic arm used in underwater environments in the oil and gas industry will be helping Dounreay workers clean out radioactive cells.

Tuesday 19 January 2010

Government consults on nuclear waste policy

Decommissioning Dounreay generates a variety of different wastes that need to be managed carefully to protect the public and environment from harm. Some of this waste is radioactive.

Thursday 14 January 2010

'Daunting' clean-up project completes on time

 A seven year project to clean up the dirtiest area of Dounreay’s uranium conversion plant has been successfully completed on time.

Thursday 7 January 2010

New report sets clean-up goals for 2010

A new report sets out the key tasks that the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority expects to be completed at Dounreay in the coming year.

Wednesday 6 January 2010

No let-up for holidays in hazard reduction at Dounreay

There was no let-up during Christmas and New Year in the drive to rid Dounreay of two of its most hazardous legacies.

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