Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
What is Sellafield?
What do you know about Sellafield? Encircled by miles of fencing, and with armed guards at its gates, for many people - Sellafield is an enigma.
Sellafield itself is in north-west England, in a remote costal location with the Irish Sea on one side and the mountains of the Lake District on the other.
Sellafield the town
Covering a footprint of 2 square miles, hundreds of buildings and thousands of people, Sellafield needs some of the same infrastructures as a small town.
Did you know that Sellafield has:
- an active and non-active laundry?
- a postal service?
- utilities, including water and steam?
- a road and rail network?
- an armed police force?
- a civilian guard force?
- emergency services including fire and rescue and paramedics?
- a medical team?
Sellafield is changing
Here we’ll explain what Sellafield was when the site first opened, what it is today – and what it’s becoming.
The best of the best people work here, in a range of extraordinary roles. And we have a critical mission.
70 years of national service
In 1947, the Sellafield site opened with a single mission – the production of plutonium, a radioactive chemical element for use in Britain’s nuclear deterrent. As the nation’s priorities shifted, pioneers at the site:
- designed and built the world’s first commercial-sized nuclear power station
- recycled nuclear fuel so that both plutonium and uranium, another chemical element, could be recovered and reused
- created safe treatment and storage options for all types of nuclear waste
Today the Sellafield site presents one of the most significant environmental remediation challenges in Europe.
Did you know?
- Sellafield covers 2-square miles
- it operates 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
- it’s home to 4 of the biggest nuclear risks and hazards in Europe
- over 10,000 staff operate the site
- more than 4,000 supply chain experts help our employees
- we spend £2 billion every year – but are a non-profit organisation
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Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
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Employees from across the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) group were honoured at a national awards ceremony for their work in addressing gender imbalance and diversity in the nuclear industry.
Direct Rail Services lifts 6th Golden Whistle Award30/01/2019 11:15:00
DRS won the prestigious Golden Whistle Award for the sixth time running, when officially declared ‘The Best Performing Rail Freight Operator’.
Community apprenticeships to change lives in Cumbria29/01/2019 11:15:00
Sellafield Ltd is funding 50 new apprenticeships for small companies throughout Cumbria.
We're supporting the development of technology for Fukushima clean-up25/01/2019 10:15:00
Blog posted by: Melanie Brownridge, 24 January 2019 – Categories: International activities, Research and development, Supply Chain.
Lessons start at new £30m education campus23/01/2019 11:15:00
The doors have opened on Sellafield Ltd's largest ever community investment.
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
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