The UK’s Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL), on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), said that it had awarded a £7.5 million ($9.7m) contract for “advanced transition works” at the 65-metre deep shaft and silo to Nuvia and its partner Graham Construction.
The award was made through the site’s decommissioning framework following a competitive tendering process.
The work will include the rerouting of existing services as well as minor construction and demolition works, preparing the two waste facilities to be emptied of legacy higher activity waste.
DSRL programme delivery director, David Hubbard, said: “The shaft and silo contain solid waste and sludge which must be retrieved and repackaged for safe above-ground storage. I’m very pleased that we are one step closer to the clean up of these historic waste facilities through the award of this contract.”
Physical work on site is expected to take place in late autumn 2020. In the meantime, the company has been delivering activities remotely.
Photo: The 65-metre deep shaft where advanced transition works will begin – Copyright DSRL (NDA)