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Higher activity waste at Dounreay

Friday 23 December 2011

NDA examines options for higher activity waste

A new report examines how the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority can better integrate the management of higher activity waste from the clean-up of its sites in the UK, including Dounreay.

Friday 23 December 2011

Hazard reduction continues over holiday period

Work to reduce the major chemical and radiological hazards will continue around the clock at Dounreay over the holiday period.

The PFR complex

Saturday 17 December 2011

Electrical fault suspected in overnight smoke alert

An electrical fault is believed to be the cause of an overnight alert within the Prototype Fast Reactor complex at Dounreay.

Thursday 15 December 2011

Dounreay reactor achieves seven years of safety

The team cleaning up the prototype fast reactor (PFR) have notched up seven years of safety.

Wednesday 14 December 2011

Latest performance figures published for November

 The latest edition of Dounreay's monthly performance report has been published.

Tuesday 13 December 2011

NDA issues draft business plan for 2012/13

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has published its draft 2012/13 business plan for consultation.

Friday 9 December 2011

Demolition work returns to normal

Decommissioning work is returning to normal after severe weather caused disruption yesterday and overnight.

Thursday 8 December 2011

Severe weather warning

There is a severe weather warning in place for northern Scotland, with snow and strong winds gusting to 100mph forecast.

Tuesday 6 December 2011

Bumper Christmas issue of site newspaper published

 The official turf cutting ceremony for the new low level waste facility features on the front cover of the December issue of Dounreay News, now available online.

Friday 2 December 2011

Helping companies access the clean-up market

Dounreay site closure contractor DSRL is working with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to help more small and medium size companies access the clean-up market.

Thursday 1 December 2011

Latest performance figures published for October

The latest edition of Dounreay's monthly performance report has been published.

Tuesday 29 November 2011

Aviation industry unites with nuclear clean-up on safety

Workers taking apart one of Britain’s most hazardous installations are swapping their knowledge of safety with workers putting together parts for the world’s most modern airliners.

Tuesday 29 November 2011

Repairs underway after 80mph winds

Clean-up teams are repairing minor damage to property at the site after storm-force winds swept Dounreay at the weekend.

Monday 28 November 2011

PM's praise for Dounreay workforce

Prime Minister David Cameron has praised workers at Dounreay for going beyond the call of duty to protect themselves and the environment from harm.

Friday 25 November 2011

Work begins to bury Dounreay experiment

Work is underway to bury the radioactive remains of Britain’s experiment with fast reactors at Dounreay.

Friday 25 November 2011

Demolition brings £4m windfall for local community

Dounreay’s demolition today yields a £1 million windfall for the north Highlands.

Wednesday 23 November 2011

Babcock Dounreay Partnership is preferred bidder for DSRL

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority today named Babcock Dounreay Partnership as its preferred bidder to acquire Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd.

Monday 21 November 2011

NDA to begin returning fuel to UK stocks

Almost half the stock of nuclear fuel left over at Dounreay from its research role in the last century is to begin leaving the site next summer.

Friday 18 November 2011

DSRL suspends haulier

DSRL suspended a haulage company from its list of approved contractors following the arrest of one of its drivers for driving while banned.

Thursday 17 November 2011

Safety record reaches new high

Workers knocking down one of Britain's most hazardous industrial sites today clocked up 5 million consecutive man-hours without a lost-time accident.

Thursday 17 November 2011

Transport exercise to take place

An exercise to test the response of the emergency services to a simulated accident during the transport of radioactive material will take place adjacent to Dounreay on the afternoon of Sunday, November 20.

Tuesday 15 November 2011

Robot power will take apart Dounreay’s dome

Like something out of the Tom Cruise movie War of the Worlds, the Kuka robot has a very important job to do.

Tuesday 15 November 2011

Another chance to tell us what you think

We're grateful to everyone who looks at our website and takes an interest in what is happening at Dounreay.

Friday 11 November 2011

Dounreay worker survey boosts Poppy Appeal

Dounreay workers have helped swell the Poppy Appeal fund by £1,000 by answering questions about their futures.

Thursday 10 November 2011

Siren to sound for Armistice Day

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

Wednesday 9 November 2011

Leak proves the value of award-winning safety standards

The British Safety Council has named Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd one of the country’s top companies for its standards of environmental management.

Tuesday 8 November 2011

Latest performance figures published for September

The latest edition of Dounreay's monthly performance report has been published.

Monday 7 November 2011

A million reasons to celebrate in November's site newspaper

There are a million reasons to celebrate in the November issue of the site newspaper, Dounreay News, now available online.

Friday 4 November 2011

Dounreay passes the test for nuclear training standards

Dounreay’s in-housing training service has itself gained a new qualification – and praise from the UK Government Minister in charge of building up Britain’s nuclear skills base.

Thursday 3 November 2011

Site issues quarterly report

Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd's quarterly report to the site stakeholder group is published on-line today.

Tuesday 1 November 2011

Dounreay invites tenders for grout plant

An invitation to tender for the design and construction of a plant to grout low-level radioactive waste at Dounreay was issued to seven companies today, following a selection process that began in July.

Thursday 27 October 2011

NHS looks to nuclear industry for safety lessons

NHS bosses are looking at Dounreay’s improving safety record to see what lessons can be learned to make hospitals safer for patients.

Wednesday 26 October 2011

Dounreay passes milestone in worker safety

So far this year the Dounreay site has had over eleven thousand individual entries by workers wearing full protective gear and entering highly radioactive and hazardous areas.

Tuesday 25 October 2011

Nuclear clean-up boost for Highland economy

A new community body launched in the north Highlands signals another step towards the closure of the former nuclear research site at Dounreay.

Friday 21 October 2011

Dounreay wins prestigious safety award for second time

Dounreay’s clean-up contractor has won the ‘Sword of Honour’ international safety award from the British Safety Council for the second time.

Friday 21 October 2011

Radiation around Dounreay well below safe limit, says report

The levels of radioactivity in the environment and food in the vicinity of Dounreay are well within safe limits, according to the results of independent monitoring published today.

Monday 10 October 2011

Dounreay to attend first ever industry supply chain event

DSRL staff are to play a key part in a major forthcoming nuclear decommissioning supply chain event.

Monday 10 October 2011

'Decommissioning Dounreay' supplement published

 North of Scotland Newspapers have published their annual supplement focusing on the decommissioning work being carried out at Dounreay.

Saturday 8 October 2011

Minor leak from pipework at reactor

 During routine operation of the plant destroying the liquid metal coolant in the Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR), drips of caustic liquor from pipework in a shielded cell were detected by the monitoring systems. The plant was immediately shut down and the leak isolated and stopped. There was no release of radioactivity to the environment and no harm to the workers.

Thursday 6 October 2011

Dounreay's graduate apprentices in October issue of site newspaper

Dounreay apprentices’ graduation ceremony is featured in the October issue of the site newspaper, Dounreay News, now available online.

Wednesday 5 October 2011

Workers get a glimpse of life after Dounreay

Workers shutting down Scotland's biggest nuclear site are getting a chance to learn more about new industry that could provide them with jobs in the future.

Wednesday 5 October 2011

Supporting smaller businesses in nuclear clean-up

A collaborative drive is under way to shape proposals for increasing the access of smaller businesses to the £1.36 billion spent each year with the supply chain across the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority estate.

Tuesday 4 October 2011

Dounreay shares its royal connections

The prestigious Dounreay royal visits album is being shared with the local community with individual copies being presented to the Castle of Mey and Caithness Horizons.

Tuesday 4 October 2011

Dounreay's environment showcased on The One Show

Dounreay is to feature in a TV programme this evening looking at the environment of a nuclear site.

Monday 3 October 2011

Dounreay helps TV programme go with a Bang

Dounreay is to feature in a TV programme exploring aspects of the nuclear industry.

Friday 30 September 2011

Reprieve for thousands of shellfish

Changes to the rules for the testing of seafood near Dounreay will reduce the number of crustacea that are caught and disposed of unnecessarily.

Wednesday 21 September 2011

Vibration trials to take place at Dounreay

DSRL will be carrying out vibration trials at Dounreay tomorrow, Thursday September 22, at 1pm. 

Thursday 15 September 2011

Dounreay sets out what will stay and what will go

Dounreay’s decommissioning contractor today sets out what will happen to an estimated 300,000 tonnes of radioactive  material from the clean-out and closure of the former nuclear research site.

Tuesday 6 September 2011

Dounreay’s thriving wildlife featured in September issue of site newspaper

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

Tuesday 30 August 2011

Apprentices encouraged to seize future Caithness investment prospects

The latest batch of Dounreay’s newly qualified skilled workers were encouraged to make the most of the exciting opportunities and challenges ahead.

Tuesday 30 August 2011

NDA issues guidance on storage of higher activity waste

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has issued national guidance about the storage of higher activity wastes at its sites, including Dounreay.

Wednesday 24 August 2011

Sharing nuclear technology across the UK

A Dounreay health physicist recently completed a trip to the Magnox Bradwell nuclear power station in Essex.

Tuesday 23 August 2011

Bee romance gets Dounreay workers buzzing

DSRL environmental advisors have captured a rare sight on film.

Monday 22 August 2011

Transport exercise is postponed

An exercise to test the response of the emergency services to a simulated accident during the transport of radioactive material has been postponed for operational reasons.

Wednesday 10 August 2011

June performance report issued

The latest edition of Dounreay's monthly performance report has been published.

Thursday 4 August 2011

Opening up the nuclear market for companies

Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd is working with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Scotland's enterprise network to make it easier for companies to win work in the nuclear marketplace.

Wednesday 3 August 2011

Young engineers featured in August issue of site newspaper

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

Friday 29 July 2011

Dounreay alerts market to grout plant contract

A notice published today in the Official Journal of the European Union seeks expressions of interest from companies capable of building a plant to grout low-level radioactive waste prior to its disposal at Dounreay.

Thursday 28 July 2011

DSRL wins prestigious safety and environment awards

Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL) has won two important awards from one of the world’s foremost health and safety organisations.

Tuesday 26 July 2011

BBC probes the nature of Dounreay

What is the environment of a nuclear site like?

Wednesday 20 July 2011

Site reports clean-up progress to community reps

Dounreay clean-up contractor DSRL today reported to the local community on its performance during the first quarter of 2011/12.

Tuesday 19 July 2011

£20m 'Swiss army knife' will harvest nuclear material

It’s been dubbed the most sophisticated Swiss army knife ever built.

Monday 11 July 2011

Major hazard shrinks 20 million becquerels a second

“Significant progress” has been made to destroy one of the most hazardous legacies of Britain’s nuclear research programme from the 20th century, according to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

Friday 8 July 2011

'Compelling' case to move breeder to Sellafield - NDA

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority today published a report setting out credible options for managing the breeder material from the Dounreay Fast Reactor.

Friday 8 July 2011

Dounreay pledges £700,000 to help economy adjust

Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd has allocated almost £700,000 this year for projects to help the economy of Caithness and North Sutherland adjust to site closure.

Thursday 7 July 2011

July's Dounreay News now on-line

July's Dounreay News is now available to read on-line.

Wednesday 6 July 2011

Underwater search yields another 351 particles

A nine-week operation has recovered more than 350 particles of irradiated nuclear fuel from the seabed near Dounreay.

Wednesday 6 July 2011

Safety record passes 12-month milestone

It is now more than a year since anyone decommissioning the nuclear site at Dounreay suffered an injury that kept them off work for more than three days.

Tuesday 5 July 2011

New flask signals reactor clean-up progress

Vital testing equipment to be used for the removal of the highly hazardous material from within the Dounreay Fast Reactor has been delivered, marking further progress for the shutdown of the site.

Thursday 30 June 2011

Bang Goes the Theory at Dounreay

How radioactive waste is dealt with at Dounreay is set to feature in a prime-time TV programme about radiation and nuclear energy.

Tuesday 28 June 2011

Dounreay to exercise emergency response

 An emergency exercise will take place on the afternoon of Thursday June 30, 2011.

Friday 24 June 2011

Scottish Affairs Committee visit Dounreay

The Scottish Affairs Committee toured Dounreay yesterday on its visit to Caithness and the northern isles in connection with its inquiries into the Crown Estate and health and safety in Scotland.

Thursday 16 June 2011

NDA to seek views on removal of fuel from Dounreay

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority is to publish a report about the proposed removal of its nuclear fuel from Dounreay and wants to hear the views of the public.

Friday 10 June 2011

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.

Wednesday 8 June 2011

DSRL publishes Annual Report and Accounts

Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd has published its Annual Report and Accounts for 2010/11.

Friday 3 June 2011

New NDA boss for Dounreay shutdown

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has announced the appointment of a new head of programme for Dounreay.

Thursday 2 June 2011

Dounreay shares decommissioning expertise with international colleagues

Two of DSRL's project managers have recently spent time overseas sharing knowledge with colleagues from around the world working with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Thursday 2 June 2011

June issue of 'Dounreay News' now online

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

Wednesday 1 June 2011

Particle clean-up resumes offshore

Work has resumed on the seabed off Dounreay to remove higher activity fragments of irradiated nuclear fuel.

Wednesday 1 June 2011

NDA invests £1.1m in new jobs initiative

A new initiative to support economic development in the north Highlands is being helped with £1.1 million from the organisation in charge of the closure of Dounreay.

Tuesday 24 May 2011

Plan now for a future without Dounreay, companies urged

Companies supplying the clean-up and closure of the nuclear site at Dounreay are being urged to think now about the prospects for their staff when the nuclear industry has left Caithness.

Tuesday 24 May 2011

Dounreay tests site emergency plan

An exercise to test the emergency arrangements at Dounreay takes place on the morning of Wednesday, May 25.

Monday 23 May 2011

Dounreay clean-up bodies in jobs pledge

The nuclear industry in Caithness today announced a charter to improve the employment prospects of workers whose jobs currently depend on decommissioning Dounreay.

Thursday 19 May 2011

Dounreay hosts Scotland's biggest clean-up event

More than 40 companies are taking part in Scotland's biggest one-day trade event for the nuclear clean-up sector at Dounreay today.

Thursday 19 May 2011

£9m clean-up lab planned for Dounreay

A new laboratory is to be built at Dounreay to provide essential support to the remainder of the site clean-up.

Wednesday 18 May 2011

Knowledge sharing helps site shutdown progress

Leading the way in worldwide nuclear decommissioning means the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and DSRL can share knowledge and expertise with other sites across the NDA estate around Britain.

Tuesday 17 May 2011

Rough sea halts clean-up

Offshore clean-up contractor Land and Marine recovered 50 particles from the seabed before bad weather caused a suspension of its operation.

Wednesday 11 May 2011

Offshore clean-up underway again

Land and Marine has moved its platform into position off Dounreay and resumed the search for high activity fragments in the seabed off Dounreay.

Tuesday 10 May 2011

Injury rates down 10-fold as DSRL gets top safety award

Accidents during the clean-out and demolition of Britain’s former centre of fast reactor research are at their lowest level since records began.

Friday 6 May 2011

Childhood leukaemia - COMARE issues 14th Report

The Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment, which advises the UK and Scottish governments, today published its 14th Report.

Thursday 5 May 2011

Museum to expand Dounreay exhibition

A new permanent exhibition is planned about the role of Dounreay in the development of nuclear energy in the 20th century.

Wednesday 4 May 2011

Latest issue of site newspaper published

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

Tuesday 3 May 2011

Dounreay to host Scotland's leading trade show

More than 40 companies have signed up so far for Scotland's biggest annual showcase of nuclear decommissioning expertise at Dounreay this month.

Monday 2 May 2011

Robots cleaning windows

Although still using a bog standard ‘chamois’ and a bit of elbow grease, this is far from your normal day to day window cleaning job.

Tuesday 26 April 2011

Offshore clean-up to resume

Work to clean up Dounreay moves offshore next month when contractor Land and Marine returns to the seabed in the latest search for fragments of spent nuclear fuel.

Thursday 21 April 2011

Jillian takes Dounreay clean-up experience to Chernobyl

Dounreay’s Jillian Bundy has returned from a three-day visit to Ukraine where she joined other international experts at a workshop on training to decommission the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

Thursday 14 April 2011

Dounreay's met tower comes down

Dounreay’s old meteorological tower that once towered over the site was dismantled over a weekend.

Wednesday 13 April 2011

Giant tanks installed for reactor dismantling

Installation of two new twenty-seven tonne nitrogen tanks for the Dounreay Fast Reactor breeder building marks another notable step forward in preparation for taking apart the redundant reactor.

Thursday 7 April 2011

Safety record earns £27,500 pay-out for good causes

Dounreay’s safety record over the last 12 months earned local charities and good causes a £27,500 windfall.

Tuesday 5 April 2011

April issue of Dounreay News available online

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

Monday 4 April 2011

Babcock announces new appointments

Babcock International, parent body of Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd, today updated staff on senior appointments to the nuclear business unit of its support services division.

Thursday 31 March 2011

NDA sets out Dounreay clean-up priorities

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority today published its annual business plan, setting out the clean-up priorities at sites such as Dounreay over the next 12 months and beyond.

Thursday 31 March 2011

DSRL reports iodine in routine checks

DSRL has informed the Scottish Environment Protection Agency of the detection of traces of iodine in grass samples collected and analysed as part of the site's routine environmental monitoring programme.

Thursday 31 March 2011

Dounreay responds to Japan aid request

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority is making available radiological measurement and protection equipment from its sites in the UK, including Dounreay, to assist the Japanese authorities at Fukushima.

Thursday 24 March 2011

New vaults signal start of waste clearance

The clearance of tens of thousands of tonnes of radioactive waste from the redundant nuclear site at Dounreay today moved a step closer.

Wednesday 23 March 2011

New environment baseline published

Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd has published an updated “site specific baseline” in support of a strategic environmental assessment carried out by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

Tuesday 22 March 2011

Nuclear shutdown cash boost for school skills

Cash from the closure of the fast reactor site at Dounreay is set to breed a new generation of engineers and scientists in the Scottish Highlands.

Tuesday 22 March 2011

Clean-up reveals 6000 years of human history

Getting rid of Britain’s 20th century experiment with fast breeder nuclear reactors is illuminating the history of human settlement on Scotland’s north coast stretching back 6000 years.

Tuesday 22 March 2011

New strategy sets out clean-up priorities

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has published its strategy for cleaning up the nuclear legacy at sites such as Dounreay.

Tuesday 22 March 2011

New report lists radioactive wastes at Dounreay

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has published the latest edition of the UK’s radioactive waste inventory.

Friday 4 March 2011

March 2011 issue of Dounreay News published

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

Thursday 3 March 2011

Dounreay Constabulary training exercise

 The Civil Nuclear Constabulary at Dounreay will be taking part in a series of firearms training exercises over the weekend of Friday March 4 and concluding on the afternoon of Sunday March 6.

Wednesday 2 March 2011

Business group gets £2.2m for Dounreay shutdown plan

Workers and businesses who depend on Dounreay are set to benefit from a £2.2 million programme to help them adjust to the closure of the site.

Thursday 24 February 2011

DFR pond work nearer to completion

Emptying of the Dounreay Fast Reactor east pond is almost complete.

Tuesday 22 February 2011

Dounreay site alert to be sounded

Dounreay’s site alert will be sounded briefly on Wednesday February 23 at 8.30am as part of an exercise at the site to test its emergency procedures.

Thursday 17 February 2011

Dounreay rubble recycling makes concrete savings

A project reusing clean waste concrete from Dounreay’s decommissioning work by turning it into hardcore and aggregate has produced 38,000 tonnes of recycled material.

Tuesday 8 February 2011

Another building demolition changes Dounreay's skyline

The area around Craig More House was closed off as bulldozers moved in on January 28 and razed the building to the ground.

Monday 7 February 2011

UK Government consults on options for Dounreay plutonium

The UK Government today announced a consultation on options for the long-term management of plutonium currently held at Dounreay and Sellafield.

Tuesday 1 February 2011

Latest issue of Dounreay site newspaper online

The February 2011 issue of the site newspaper, Dounreay News, has now been published and is also available online.

Thursday 27 January 2011

Final old-style performance report published

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

Tuesday 25 January 2011

New look for site closure performance report

Dounreay is changing the way it reports progress on site closure to local community leaders.

Monday 24 January 2011

Waste to be managed near site, near surface - policy

The Scottish Government has announced its policy on how higher activity radioactive wastes will be managed in future.

Friday 21 January 2011

Another building begins to come down

A demolition team has started to dismantle the latest redundant building to be pulled down at Dounreay.

Thursday 20 January 2011

Offshore clean-up on YouTube

A major effort to clean up the seabed near the redundant nuclear site at Dounreay is captured in a new film on YouTube.

Wednesday 19 January 2011

Former site director to lead Nuclear Institute

Former Dounreay director Norman Harrison has been appointed president of the Nuclear Institute.

Monday 17 January 2011

Dounreay to sound site alert

 An unscheduled test of the Dounreay Site Alert system will take place on Tuesday January 18, 2011 at 11.00 hours.

Thursday 13 January 2011

DSRL names preferred bidder for LLW contract

Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd has selected Graham Construction as its preferred bidder for the design and build of a low-level radioactive waste disposal facility.

Wednesday 12 January 2011

£2m closure plan for site landfill

Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd wants to restore an area of land designated as a rubble dump during the construction and operation phases of the site.

Monday 10 January 2011

Oil and gas award goes to Dounreay safety reps

Safety reps in Britain’s offshore oil and gas industry say a close working relationship with their counterparts in nuclear decommissioning at Dounreay has helped to improve safety in two of Britain’s most hazardous industries.

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