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
Latest News from
Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
Nuclear decommissioning contributes to UK's clean growth16/10/2018 14:15:00
Blog posted by: Clare Fuller, 15 October 2018 – Categories: Research and development, Skills, Supply Chain.
Harnessing our skills and passion to improve safety15/10/2018 11:15:00
Blog posted by: Alan Cumming, 12 October 2018 – Categories: Safety and Wellbeing, Skills
Supporting World Mental Health Day10/10/2018 15:15:15
On World Mental Health Day, we're reminding people to talk about the wellbeing of themselves and others.
Cumbria to be boosted by 50 new apprenticeships05/10/2018 15:47:00
Sellafield Ltd will fund 50 new apprenticeships a year for small companies in Cumbria.
How we set up our latest academic research projects02/10/2018 14:15:00
Blog posted by: Rick Short, 1 October 2018 – Categories: Innovation/savings, Research and development, Skills.
Collaborative decommissioning research TRANSCENDS the individual approach25/09/2018 11:15:00
A £9.4 million research programme will link experts from the nuclear industry with UK academics and PhD students to wrestle with some of the challenges in dealing with radioactive waste.
NDA signs cooperation arrangement with JAEA20/09/2018 11:15:00
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) joins forces with Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) to share expertise in nuclear decommissioning and radioactive waste management.
Nuclear companies honoured for safety at Sellafield19/09/2018 11:15:00
The safety performance of those working at Sellafield has been recognised by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).