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Croft reports successful launch of new product range


Croft Associates, the UK’s only independent designer of containers for the safe transportation and storage of radioactive waste has launched major new developments in its Safstore range.


The company revealed its full range of robust shielded packages for storage, transport and final disposal of Intermediate Level Radioactive Waste at last month’s Radioactive Materials Transport and Storage Conference (RAM) in London. Croft announced that its 4m Safstore, 2m Safstore and 2m half height Safstore have received Letters of Compliance (LoC) from the Radioactive Waste Management Directorate (RWMD) of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), and that other packages are undergoing assessment.


These robust waste packages present a new generation of designs that provide substantive benefits over previous (earlier generation) designs that relied heavily on concrete for containment and performance.


Croft has designed this family of robust self-shielded waste packages for the storage, transport and disposal of operational, legacy and decommissioning Intermediate Level Waste (ILW). They are manufactured in ductile cast iron (DCI) and offer the benefits of both integral shielding and a waste container that is mechanically robust. The Croft robust self-shielded waste package family offers options for transporting ILW covering IP-2 through to Type B transport options.


As such, these robust waste containers offer opportunities to accelerate decommissioning and clean-up by reducing the need for encapsulation plant (which is usually integral to waste packaging processes), and the need for heavily shielded interim stores; thus also negating the need to decommission such facilities.


“Our existing range of Safstores already meets the requirements laid down by the NDA,” said Bob Vaughan, Managing Director, Croft Ltd, “but we are in discussion about all the different solutions that can be met by robust containers, covering interim storage, transport and deep level disposal. Use of these packages will reduce the requirement to construct and use shielded storage buildings and the need to build encapsulation plant, integral to waste packaging processes.”


The range of Safstore packages offers waste capacities of up to 20m3


; however with the new developments, capacities can be extended to about double this.


“Many years of experience have demonstrated that the greater the capacity that a container can offer, the more cost effective it is for customers who need to dispose of ILW,” commented Bob Vaughan.


The Croft family of Safstore containers is compatible with the RWMD NDA range of specifications for waste packages. All Croft’s processes are thoroughly audited.


Find us online www.croftltd.com


Croft Associates Limited, F4 Culham Science Centre, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 3DB Tel: +44 (0)1865 407740 Fax: +44 (0)1865 407449 Email: info@croftltd.com


We are just completing


manufacture of the


fi rst production units of a new product in this range of robust packages, which, for Croft is the


culmination of many months’ development and hard work.


Bob Vaughan Managing Director, Croft Ltd


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