The experimental nature of many of its redundant facilities means the clean-up and demolition requires innovation as well as great care.
Site closure involves:
- Cleaning out and demolishing redundant nuclear and non-nuclear facilities
- Segregating and packaging the radioactive and non-radioactive wastes for long-term storage or disposal
- Removing nuclear fuels that can be used again elsewhere
- Leaving the site and its environment in a condition that is safe for future generations
Dounreay is recognised as the most complex nuclear site closure project in Europe.
The skills and enterprise it fosters are giving Scottish companies a platform to compete in the global decommissioning market.