New film captures clean-up progress

A new film about decommissioning Dounreay gets its first public screening today at a national stakeholder event in Manchester run by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

“Countdown to Closure – Decommissioning Dounreay” charts the progress made to dismantle the site since the NDA was set up four years ago.

And it reveals how the new direction set by the NDA has transformed both safety and the rate of decommissioning at the site.

The documentary-style video includes interviews with workers and managers about the progress made to decommission the site.

It features footage inside plants where workers wearing specialist protective gear are busy stripping out the radioactive legacy of experiments from the 1950s and 60s.

And it sets out some of the key issues facing Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd about how to help the workforce find alternative jobs when decommissioning is complete.

The film includes an interview with Simon Middlemas, managing director of DSRL, who says there are three priorities for the future if DSRL is to become the best site licence company in the UK:

“Number one – deliver what we promise. Everybody expects us to do what we said we would do. And deliver it well. Don’t waste money.

“Secondly, we’ve got to help the staff transition. We’ve got to put them a position where they have all the right qualifications and skills, so they can walk out of Dounreay, at the appropriate time, because not everybody will leave at the end, and walk into another job.

“And thirdly, we’ve got to be commercially viable. We’ve got to be an asset to UK plc, an asset to the future they are proud of.”

Click here to watch the video – scroll down the video list to Countdown to Closure: