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Reactor decommissioning contract awarded at Winfrith

Magnox is delighted to announce that James Fisher Nuclear Ltd (JFN) has been successful in its bid to work on the next phase of decommissioning Winfrith Site’s iconic Steam Generating Heavy Water Reactor (SGHWR). JFN will be closely supported in this challenging phase by Magnox (which holds the site license) which is owned and operated by Cavendish Fluor Partnership on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

This work will include the detailed design and build of an intermediate level waste processing facility and a fully robotic core segmentation system, which will enable the reactor core to be safely dismantled and prepared for disposal, before returning the site to heathland.

This contract will run in parallel with the existing phases; which will see the completion of the decommissioning of the turbine hall and the demolition of the North and South Annexes.

The work is programmed to commence in April 2016 and finish in April 2021. The final stage of the decommissioning will be to decontaminate and clear any of the remaining ancillary buildings and demolition of the iconic structure itself, a day in which history will be made and the landscape returned to heathland.

Reactors Programme Manager, Kevin McIntyre, said: “I’m sure this phase of work will not be without its challenges; I am however delighted as it secures hundreds of local jobs and will facilitate SGHWR becoming the first power generating nuclear reactor to be fully decommissioned and the area returned to heathland.”

Steve Tulk, Commercial Director from James Fisher Nuclear Ltd, added: “We are delighted to have been awarded this prestigious contract and to be given the opportunity to work on a unique project. This work will have a significant positive impact on the company, site and local community.”