New Sellafield storage facility opens up

24 May 2010

The first major project to be completed by Sellafield Ltd, under the ownership of Nuclear Management Partners (NMP) has just been delivered - ahead of schedule and under budget. The Sellafield Product and Residues Store (SPRS), which took five years to complete, is the latest edition to the suite of facilities designed to provide safe and secure storage of nuclear materials on the Sellafield site.

With over 36,000 cubic metres of concrete, the same amount of steel as the Eiffel Tower and enough cable to stretch from London to Paris, SPRS incorporates some of the most advanced nuclear security features designed to provide safe and secure storage of nuclear materials on the Sellafield site.

SPRS will be an important element in the Sellafield plutonium management strategy.

Speaking ahead of a ceremony at Sellafield to mark the handover of the facility from the construction to the operations team, Senior Project Manager, Tom Gilroy, said: "At the peak of construction this project employed over 450 construction workers – and many more have helped us to complete this build since construction started in September 2005.

Sellafield Ltd Managing Director, Bill Poulson, added: "The safe delivery of this world class facility two months ahead of schedule is the perfect example of how combining the skills and experience of Sellafield Ltd with the expertise of NMP is accelerating work; bringing projects in early and under budget".

The project team maintained an excellent safety record throughout construction, achieving a total of over 1.8 million man hours worked by the construction teams without a Lost Time Accident over a period of 33 months. This achievement was acknowledged by the Safety Health Practitioner, Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) with a commendation in the 'Best Health and Safety Achievement in Construction' category at their 2009 awards event.

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