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
Dounreay recycling trial opens doors for future possibilities15/05/2019 13:15:00
Dounreay has teamed up with waste and recycling specialists to trial an alternative treatment option for the site’s waste metal.
Sellafield funding brings new business unit to life14/05/2019 13:15:00
A £1.1 million business incubator will be created in west Cumbria to grow a new generation of entrepreneurs.
A trip down memory lane13/05/2019 12:15:00
Blog posted by: Rosina Robinson, 10 May 2019 – Categories: Socio-economic.
£9.4 million research projects tackle technical challenges10/05/2019 16:15:00
A series of new research projects are now under way as part of a £9.4 million initiative to tackle some of the technical challenges at the earliest UK nuclear sites and deal with radioactive waste.
Sellafield Ltd awards 20-year project partnership10/05/2019 11:15:00
Sellafield Ltd has awarded a 20-year contract to 4 organisations, which will help deliver the site’s decommissioning programme.
Nuclear businesses recognised in Queen’s Awards08/05/2019 14:15:00
Two NDA-supported technology businesses have won royal approval for the second time after lifting the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
US and UK complete project to remove highly enriched uranium06/05/2019 12:15:00
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) have completed the transfer of around 700kg of highly enriched uranium (HEU) from Dounreay, in the north of Scotland, to the US.
LLWR and Sellafield contracts help Cyclife thrive06/05/2019 09:15:00
Workforce more than doubles and seven day working introduced.