Tradebe Inutec, a provider of independent radioactive waste treatment services, has opened a new state-of-the-art facility at its Winfrith site in Dorset, UK.
The 700-square-metre building is a flexible, multipurpose modular facility that can treat both low-level waste (LLW) and borderline intermediate-level radioactive wastes (ILW), making it safe for recycling and/or disposal.
The facility was officially opened by Victor Creixell, Global CEO Environmental Services & Global Functions and UK CEO Kristian Dales.
Tradebe Inutec's new facility will be able to accept difficult-to-treat radioactive waste from across the UK and internationally. The completion of the building works is the latest in a series of recent investments at Tradebe Inutec, including acquisition of land from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in 2018 and grant of a Nuclear Site Licence in 2019. It is expected that environmental permitting and commissioning into operation will be complete in April 2022 when the facility will be able to start to treat customer waste inventories.
“Our mission is to make complex waste simple. The provision of a flexible new treatment facility will further enhance our capability to provide offsite waste treatment and buffer storage that enables customers to remove decommissioning and legacy wastes sooner. Furthermore, it will provide sustainable local jobs and support regional nuclear development, as well as allow more integrated operations with our sister site at Fawley," said Victor Creixell.
Kristian Dales, added: “This new facility will give our clients additional options for cost-effective, offsite treatment of their LLW and Borderline ILW waste. It’s yet another demonstration of our commitment to support the UK’s nuclear decommissioning mission and evidence that we are innovators in advanced treatment and decommissioning.”
Tradebe Inutec is a subsidiary of Tradebe UK, an international specialist in waste reclamation and recycling solutions. Its site at Winfrith is a National Centre of Excellence for the treatment of problematic waste and has been serving the nuclear industry for more than 30 years.
Photo: Kristian Dales, Tradebe UK CEO (left) and Victor Creixell, global CEO environmental services open the new Tradebe Inutec site at Winfirth Dorset