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Speakers also explained the implementation of amendments to the Waste Services Contract that came into effect on 1st April, which will see all documents revised to Version 3.0 by 30th June. Changes include:


• Revising the service pricing model, including LLW disposal pricing


• Implementing a new Waste Characterisation Service


• Introducing a new transport service


• Implement a VLLW disposal service


• Changing the waste acceptance procedure.


Amendments to Waste Acceptance Criteria at LLWR are also to be introduced later in 2012, following consultation with customers held in May.


3rd Nuclear Decommissioning Conference


Spring 2012 also included the 3rd Nuclear Decommissioning Conference, hosted by Nuclear Energy Insider and providing wider decommissioning updates.


Alan Bladon, Programme Director at Magnox Sites Ltd spoke about upcoming Framework Contracts, the benefits of SME engagement and building long-term supply chain relationships to drive its decommissioning goals and costs.


Magnox recently announced that in collaboration with other nuclear businesses, a new IT infrastructure services contract worth £140m over five years has been awarded to Atos, an international IT services company. It covers provision of IT services across Magnox sites, plus those operated by Sellafield Limited, LLWR and National Nuclear Laboratories.


The four collaborated under the NDA Shared Services Alliance, established in 2009 to encourage nuclear businesses to work together to identify, develop and deliver opportunities to improve performance and ensure best value for the UK taxpayer. The multi-service contract comprises 18 service towers networking desktops, applications and hosting services, as well as Service Integration and Management (SIAM). Atos aim to consolidate and modernise the existing infrastructure to further improve services for 18,000 end-users located at 30+ separate locations, delivering savings of more than 30% over five years.


Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL) recently completed the destruction of a major chemical and radiological hazard


John Dalton, Assistant Head of MRWS Engagement at the Department of Energy and Climate Change, spoke about the proposed UK Geological Disposal Facility and its benefit to the supply chain. This project was featured in NuclearCONNECT Issue 9. The West Cumbria MRWS partnership will publish a report in the summer following public consultation on the potential to search for a Cumbria GDF site.


Dyan Foss, Deputy MD of Babcock Dounreay Partnership, detailed key priorities for the new PBO at the Dounreay site and introduced the new baseline and contract models to be established in coming months (see our full feature on page 28).


Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL) recently completed the destruction of a major chemical and radiological hazard, a strategic national priority for the NDA. A purpose-built chemical plant processed 57,000 litres of liquid NaK coolant from the experimental fast breeder reactor. Attention now turns to cleansing residual traces from primary circuit pipework and destroying small pockets in other vessels. A robotic arm will then reach into the reactor vessel and begin removing the burst fuel pin and 1000 breeder elements still around the core.


DRSL has awarded a £4.3m contract linked to disposal of LLW from site clean-up and demolition. GRAHAM Construction will design and build a plant to encapsulate waste in grout inside containers, before they are placed in a series of underground disposal vaults. The company is also the main contractor for the construction of the first two vaults, currently under way. GRAHAM has maximised the use of local labour, equipment and materials and will utilise the skills and experience of local companies wherever possible on the latest contract.


The disposal of waste from the site’s decommissioning will begin in 2014 and continue until 2022–25. It’s estimated the site clean-up will generate up to 175,000m3 of LLW, although a vigorous waste minimisation programme plans to reduce this figure.


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Readers may have attended the Nuclear New Build 2012 conference in June; NuclearCONNECT will outline further developments to decommissioning and reactor build plans in the next edition.


Words: Penny Lees


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