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ROYAL OPENING FOR NUCLEAR ADVANCED MANUFACTURING RESEARCH CENTRE


The Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC) was officially opened at the end of May by the Duke of York.


Managed by the University of Sheffield with support from the University of Manchester Dalton Nuclear Institute, the Nuclear AMRC focuses on metals and engineering work. Its research and operations are led by its industrial members – 34 companies are currently full members, from reactor providers Areva and Westinghouse, and top-tier suppliers such as Rolls-Royce, Tata Steel and Sheffield Forgemasters, through to specialised SMEs.


The centre is part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, a new national network of research centres supported by the Technology Strategy Board and funded by UK Government and the European Regional Development Fund.


Professor Keith Ridgway CBE, programme director of the Nuclear AMRC, said: “The new centre has a huge role to play in assisting UK manufacturers to enter the nuclear new build market, both at home and globally.”


http://namrc.co.uk/ https://catapult.innovateuk.org


STRESS TEST FINDINGS PUBLISHED


The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) recently published its assessment of ‘stress tests’ of UK non-power generating nuclear facilities.


The tests were requested last year by chief nuclear inspector Mike Weightman following the accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant in Japan. They are in addition to stress tests of UK nuclear power plants, which were required by the European Council.


For both reports, licensees of the facilities carried out the stress tests against defined assessment criteria and the Office for Nuclear Regulation has then independently reviewed the results.


Mark Foy, a senior inspector at the ONR, who was involved in producing the non- power generating nuclear facilities report, said: “This report concludes there is work to be done to make sites more resilient, but no serious safety weaknesses have emerged. There are 75 findings. The majority cover severe accident management and back-up for key systems and functions. We are requiring licensees to address the issues raised.”


www.hse.gov.uk/nuclear/fukushima/ index.htm


CONSTRUCTION STARTS ON NEW DOUNREAY LAB


Britain’s newest laboratory for the analysis of radioactive materials is under construction. The £9m facility will play a key role in completing the safe clean-up and demolition of Dounreay.


Samples of radioactive materials, liquors and gases will be analysed there, providing project managers with vital information about the hazards their staff may encounter as they take apart the remains of the site.


DSRL, the site closure contractor, awarded the design and construction contract for the 1300 sqm facility to Yorkon. The building has been fabricated off-site and delivered to Dounreay in 35 modules, with installation starting in July.


Sub-contractors involved in providing the rigorous protective environment include


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Studsvik (design of nuclear ventilation systems), JGC Engineering & Technical Services (manufacture and installation of the ventilation system), mechanical and electrical services) and S & B UK (suppliers of the fume cupboards and laboratory equipment).


Construction is due for completion in August 2013 and, subject to regulatory approvals, the active analysis laboratory will receive its first samples for testing in 2014.


Meanwhile, Dounreay has recently reported a reduction in average exposure to radiation while increasing the pace of work to dismantle high-hazard facilities. The site’s approach to the protection of workers from radiation hazards is set out in a paper presented to the 13th Congress of the International Radiation Protection


Association held in Glasgow. Average dose levels last year were 0.1mSv, maintaining the downward pressure on exposure levels seen in recent years.


www.dounreay.com


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