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Wednesday 24 December 2014

Venue for Dounreay Suppliers Day now confirmed

The venue for Dounreay’s Suppliers Day on January 8, 2015 has been confirmed as the Hilton Hotel at Manchester Airport.

Wednesday 24 December 2014

Dounreay closed for Christmas and New Year

The site closes for the festive period at 3pm on Wednesday, December 24 and reopens on Monday, January 5, 2015.

Friday 19 December 2014

Local companies contribute to new irradiated fuels facility

 Inside a factory on the outskirts of Bristol, Britain’s newest facility for handling the country’s legacy of plutonium and uranium is being assembled for testing before it is transported for installation in the North of Scotland.

Wednesday 17 December 2014

Supplier Day for Shaft & Silo project to be held in Manchester

With the advertisement for the provision of Design and Safety Case Services to the Dounreay Shaft and Silo Project, DSRL will be holding a Supplier Day on Thursday, January 8, 2015.

Monday 15 December 2014

New beach vehicle features in latest issue of site newspaper

The story of the new beach vehicle hunting out radioactive particles features in the Christmas issue of the site newspaper, Dounreay News.

Friday 12 December 2014

New site closure plan for Dounreay

Dounreay’s site closure plan now includes significant additional work as a result of national decisions on fuel and security.

Wednesday 10 December 2014

DSRL publishes supply chain mapping information online

DSRL has published a document outlining the major contracts associated with the different site directorates, and the companies who have been awarded major contracts.

Friday 5 December 2014

Dounreay and Nuvia Ltd collaborate on new beach monitoring vehicles

Dounreay’s beach monitoring fleet has a new look with the addition of new vehicles - the Metrac H5 all-terrain vehicle (ATV).

Wednesday 3 December 2014

Reactor control room moves to a new home

Today saw the last of the Dounreay Materials Testing Reactor (DMTR) control room panels shipped off site and transferred to their new home in local five-star visitor attraction Caithness Horizons.

Wednesday 26 November 2014

NDA hold open day for nuclear archive plans

Plans to build a £20m nuclear archive in Caithness moved forward as the public was invited to view the plans at an open day in Wick on November 26.

Friday 21 November 2014

Update on PFR tank farm fire incident

 The Prototype Fast Reactor (PFR) sodium tank farm houses four tanks that contain sodium residues from the operation of the reactor.

Friday 7 November 2014

Woodland walk dedicated to Dounreay apprentices

Dounreay’s apprentices have once again returned to Dunnet Forest to offer the community woodland trust a helping hand.

Tuesday 28 October 2014

Dounreay trialling waste removal solutions for shaft and silo

DSRL staff have been carrying out trials offsite to develop the process that will remove waste from Dounreay’s shaft and silo.

Thursday 23 October 2014

Dounreay projects protect and promote siteís natural environment

Dounreay’s 140 acres cover a variety of habitats, including maritime grassland and heath, cliffs, seashore, the Mill Lade and grassland. Each habitat attracts a unique range of biodiversity onto the site.

Monday 20 October 2014

Countdown underway to NDA supply chain event

 With just three weeks to go, the countdown to Europe’s largest nuclear supply chain event is now under way.

Wednesday 15 October 2014

Apprentices feature in latest issue of site newspaper

Dounreay’s apprentices feature in the October/November issue of the site newspaper, Dounreay News.

Wednesday 8 October 2014

MV Parida safely anchored in port

The Danish owned MV Parida is carrying six 500L drums of Belgian cemented waste in transport flasks.

Tuesday 7 October 2014

PFR sodium fire

At around 01:30hrs this morning there was a small fire in the PFR sodium tank farm.

Monday 6 October 2014

Nuclear experts gather for NDAís national risk conference

What’s the difference between risk and hazard? What do we mean by a risk culture? And how can businesses build an understanding of risks and the potential cost consequences, into their planning at all levels of their operations?

Tuesday 30 September 2014

NDA 2014 supply chain event - register now for last exhibition spaces

Now the largest event of its kind in Europe, the aim of the day, at EventCity, Manchester, on November 6, is to provide greater visibility of contracting opportunities across the NDA’s 19 UK sites, through informal networking and access to senior figures from the decommissioning sector.

Thursday 18 September 2014

NDA supply chain event proving popular once more

Almost 800 delegates have already signed up to attend the NDA estate’s 2014 event for suppliers in November – but there is still room for several hundred more visitors.

Monday 8 September 2014

Dounreay increases apprentice intake

This year Dounreay welcomes the recruitment of an additional two apprentices as part of its annual intake.

Thursday 28 August 2014

Apprentices donate to local good causes

Dounreay’s apprentices have once again excelled themselves and raised a whopping £1,800, benefiting three local organisations.

Tuesday 26 August 2014

First nuclear analysis laboratory to be built using modular construction is handed over at Dounreay

The first nuclear facility of its kind to be built using modular construction has been handed over and is now undergoing active commissioning at Dounreay.

Monday 18 August 2014

New modular laboratories feature in latest issue of site newspaper

The first nuclear facility of its kind to be built using modular construction is featured in the August/September issue of the site newspaper, Dounreay News. The new active analysis laboratories are now undergoing active commissioning.

Friday 15 August 2014

Update on radioactivity found in manhole

On July 10, DSRL informed the Scottish Environment Protection Agency of elevated levels of radioactivity found in a manhole in a redundant offsite drainage system upstream of the site.

Monday 28 July 2014

Statement on elevated levels of activity found in redundant offsite drain

During characterisation work of the site by the Environmental Closure & Demolition department, elevated levels of radioactivity were found in a manhole in a redundant offsite drainage system.

Thursday 24 July 2014

NDA decommissioning supply chain event returns

The NDA estate’s showcase event for suppliers is returning for a fourth year and is looking forward to welcoming even more visitors and exhibitors.

Friday 4 July 2014

Government Minister visits Dounreay

Dounreay’s enhanced security measures came under Government scrutiny last week during a visit by Baroness Verma, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Thursday 26 June 2014

Minister hails progress to dismantle Dounreay

Great strides are being made at Dounreay to clear away Britain’s experiment with fast reactors, according to Government Minister Baroness Verma.

Monday 23 June 2014

Official handover of low level waste vaults features in latest issue of site newspaper

The handover of the first phase of the new low level vaults is featured in the April issue of the site newspaper, Dounreay News.

Monday 9 June 2014

Dounreay families come to work

Dounreay hosted its second 'Family Day' on Sunday May 18.

Friday 23 May 2014

Bank holiday closure

Dounreay closes for the bank holiday on Monday, May 26 and re-opens on Wednesday, May 28.

Thursday 15 May 2014

Completion of waste vaults is latest milestone in Cavendish Dounreay closure plan

Cavendish Dounreay Partnership today marked the second anniversary of its contract to clean-up and demolish Dounreay by taking possession of two new facilities where much of the radioactive waste will be kept.

Monday 12 May 2014

Emergency exercise

An emergency exercise will be held at Dounreay on Wednesday May 14.

Thursday 8 May 2014

Dounreay revises site closure plans

Two years into its major contract to complete the clean-up and shutdown of Dounreay, the consortium in charge of Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd is now revising its programme of work to accommodate changes being made by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

Friday 25 April 2014

Scotlandís best nuclear apprentice features in latest issue of site newspaper

Dounreay apprentice Erin Thomson, who was voted Scotland’s Nuclear Apprentice of the Year at the National Skills Academy for Nuclear awards, is featured in the April issue of the site newspaper, Dounreay News.

Wednesday 23 April 2014

New socio economic annual report published

The contract to decommission the Dounreay site places socio economic commitments on both the site licence company (Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd) and the Parent Body Organisation (Cavendish Dounreay Partnership).

Wednesday 16 April 2014

NDA sets key tasks for 'role model' Dounreay

Dounreay’s owners today set out their priorities for decommissioning in a three-year business plan approved by Ministers.

Tuesday 15 April 2014

New civilian guard force to be created at Dounreay

DSRL announced today that it will be creating a new civilian guard force at Dounreay.

Thursday 10 April 2014

Site alert to be tested

Dounreay will be testing its site alert system on Friday April 11.

Thursday 27 March 2014

Dounreay apprentice is voted Scotlandís best

Dounreay’s Erin Thomson won Scottish Nuclear Apprentice of the Year at a night of glitz and glamour in Manchester last week.

Thursday 20 March 2014

Commitment to safety at Dounreay recognised by international award

 The British Safety Council has announced the winners of its International Safety Awards for 2014, given to organisations in recognition of their proven commitment to workplace health and safety.

Tuesday 11 March 2014

Dounreay nuclear submarine test reactor fault

On March 6, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond announced that low levels of radioactivity had been discovered in the cooling waters of the nuclear submarine test reactor at Dounreay.

Tuesday 4 March 2014

Dounreay planning update gets green light from Council planners

 Dounreay’s latest overview of planning requirements for the site’s decommissioning programme has been approved by planners.

Thursday 20 February 2014

Dounreay event highlights opportunities for supply chain

Small and medium sized companies are being encouraged to bid for work opportunities at Dounreay.

Friday 7 February 2014

Alarms to be tested over weekend

Dounreay will be testing its SCRAM alarm intermittently on the morning of Saturday, February 8.

Thursday 6 February 2014

Minister sees Dounreay decommissioning first hand

Dounreay welcomed Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism to see the world leading decommissioning work taking place at the site.

Monday 3 February 2014

Supply chain invited to attend free workshop

DSRL will be running a free workshop to train the supply chain on the new Complete Tender Management (CTM) system.

Wednesday 22 January 2014

Additional work may mean delay in Dounreay staff run-down

Management at Dounreay are facing the challenge of how to accommodate additional work from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) whilst maintaining the same annual spend, the same Interim End State – and most importantly, the same priority on working safely and securely that the site is renowned for.

Wednesday 15 January 2014

DFR hazard reduced

To protect the most vulnerable section of the DFR reactor nitrogen gas blanket, a protective cage has been installed around the control system which is housed in the DFR airlock entrance.

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