UKAEA Dounreay has invited interest from companies to form an alliance to provide a store for intermediate-level radioactive waste (ILW) arising from the site restoration work over the next 50-60 years. Construction of the store is expected to begin in 2005, with the facility ready for active commissioning by the end of 2008.

UKAEA Dounreay director Peter Welsh said: “The new store will be fundamental to the management of existing and future arisings of ILW from the site restoration work, and its delivery by the end of 2008 is one of the key milestones in our plan. It will provide a safe and secure environment for ILW until such time as a national solution is determined.”
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