Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
Nuclear decommissioning contributes to UK's clean growth
Oldbury nuclear power station
For over half a century, the UK nuclear industry has generated safe, reliable and low-carbon electricity.
Now, the 17 sites associated with the first nuclear power stations are facing the end of their lives. It's the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's (NDA) role to oversee the clean-up and hazard reduction work at these sites which date back to the earliest days of the industry.
Green GB Week marks the 10th anniversary of the Climate Change Act. During that decade, the work to decommission these old nuclear sites has taken some major leaps forward:
- Sellafield in west Cumbria, the country's most complex nuclear site, has made significant decommissioning progress. Ground-breaking technology has been developed to clean up and reduce hazards in the oldest, most challenging plants: the 'legacy ponds and silos'.
- At Dounreay, in the north of Scotland, teams working on this site have overcome some major challenges in removing much of the nuclear fuel. This is a major milestone along the road to decommissioning after operations ended in the 1990s.
- We are close to seeing the first Magnox site (which hosted the world's oldest type of commercial nuclear power station) at Bradwell in Essex, enter a state of 'Care and Maintenance' where the vast majority of the hazards have been removed. This is a first for the UK's nuclear industry.
As part of the government's Industrial Strategy and the Nuclear Sector Deal, we work with others to keep the UK at the forefront of the international nuclear decommissioning industry:
- Ensuring the skills we need for the next century are available to the industry.
- Funding innovative organisations with great ideas to use robotics and artificial intelligence in extreme environments.
New approaches aim to make nuclear decommissioning cheaper, safer and faster.
Much of this UK expertise in nuclear decommissioning comes from our supply chain. Almost £1.7 billion is spent with suppliers each year to clean up our 17 sites.
The pioneering work achieved by our suppliers means that they have become uniquely placed to take advantage of developing decommissioning markets overseas as well as in other high-hazard environments, such as oil and gas, space and offshore industries.
Green Great Britain week is an excellent opportunity to look back and reflect on some of the successes of our nuclear decommissioning industry, as well as looking forward to the challenges of the future.
If you are interested in learning more, then join us at our free Supply Chain Event in Manchester on 1 November, where the latest technology from our suppliers will be hosted in our Innovation Zone.
Latest News from
Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
Robots tackle Sellafield’s notorious radioactive ‘hot spot’17/01/2019 12:20:00
Robots at Sellafield have started to remove radioactive sludge from the most hazardous spot on the site.
Government launches new policy to deal with radioactive waste20/12/2018 14:43:00
RWM begins the search for a site to locate a Geological Disposal Facility.
Winfrith land transfer secures £1.7 million savings18/12/2018 11:15:00
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has secured savings of almost £1.7 million through the sale of land at Winfrith to a waste processing specialist.
Scotland’s oldest nuclear reactor to go as demolition contract awarded17/12/2018 12:15:00
The decommissioning of Dounreay’s oldest nuclear reactor has taken a major step forward with the award of a multi-million pound contract.
Industrial strategy success: a boost in our supply chain is a boost to our mission03/12/2018 11:15:00
Blog posted by: Joe Orrell, 30 November 2018 – Categories: Innovation/savings, Research and development, Supply Chain.
UK first for the nuclear industry30/11/2018 14:15:00
In a first for the UK nuclear industry, Magnox has announced that Bradwell Site, in Essex, has entered a safe state known as ‘care and maintenance’.
End of reprocessing at Thorp signals new era for Sellafield19/11/2018 14:15:00
The NDA has reached a major milestone in its decommissioning mission with the end of nuclear fuel reprocessing at Thorp.
New era at Sellafield as Thorp reprocessing ends15/11/2018 12:15:00
The site’s Thorp plant has completed its 24-year mission to reprocess spent nuclear fuel from around the world.