Dounreay seeks interest from supply chain in major new construction work

Dounreay is holding a special event for contractors with an interest in three major new construction projects.

The new facilities are the backbone of the work that needs to be done to demolish the remainder of the site and get all the radioactive waste into a form that is safe for long-term storage or disposal.

Construction work on the first of the major new plants is scheduled to begin next year.

The suppliers event on March 26 at Thurso, Caithness, will set out the opportunities for contractors to get involved.

Brad Smith, head of the decommissioning at Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd, said: “These facilities are the linchpin of our decommissioning programme and essential to meeting our promise to complete the clean-up of the site by 2025.

“For the supply chain, this programme of construction activity is a major opportunity to generate new business and I would urge all sectors to register their interest in the March 26 event as soon as possible.”

The three projects are being funded by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and managed by Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd. They are:

• A treatment plant and store for liquid and solid intermediate-level waste, including the high-hazard raffinate liquors from fuel reprocessing. Construction phase 2010-13.

• Retrieval and processing of intermediate-level waste from the disused shaft and silo. Construction phase – 2013-17.

• Construction of a disposal facility for low-level solid radioactive waste. Construction phase – 2011-14.

Construction of these facilities will enable the site to condition all intermediate-level waste and get it into a form that makes it safe for long-storage or disposal. Latest estimates of the total volume are approximately 18,000m3.

For low-level waste, the total estimated volume that needs managed is up to 175,000m3. Planning approval for a shallow disposal facility adjacent to the site has been granted by Highland Council and is now with Scottish Ministers for consent.

To register for the event, click here.