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Delivering an essential waste storage facility at Sellafield

At Sellafield, our customer identified the need for additional storage capacity for low level radiological waste. This waste would come from future reprocessing and decommissioning works, as well as from existing intermediate storage facilities at Sellafield and nearby Drigg, the UK’s national low level radioactive waste repository. The new store was designed to accommodate 40,000 200-litre drums of material.

We formed a successful alliance with Sellafield Ltd, and worked as a fully integrated team, sharing our skills and resources with our customer, and utilising best practice from both companies. Our experience in project management was recognised when an employee was appointed by the customer as project manager for the alliance. As part of this alliance, we delivered the entire project from concept stage through to inactive commissioning.

Using our previous experience on similar storage projects and an innovative approach, we were able to introduce features such as specialist surface finishes for ease of decontamination, ventilation and environmental systems to control temperature and humidity, removing the possibility of corrosion, and re-circulation of waste heat, providing environmental benefits and significant savings on running costs over the life span of the facility.

Location:Sellafield, UK
Client:Sellafield Ltd
Value:£28 million (Project)
Scope:Engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning
Date:2002 – 2005