All Magnox spent fuel ponds are, like the sites themselves, completely different. Some have two ponds, some just one, some are fairly clean while others are cluttered and highly contaminated. Wylfa, meanwhile, has dry stores instead of ponds. Although this means the clean-up process is a far cry from ‘one size fits all’, the common understanding and toolkits developed through the Magnox ponds programme have helped to build a bank of knowledge for sharing across the fleet. Most recently, Dungeness A, Oldbury and Sizewell A have all completed comprehensive programmes to drain and clean their ponds deploying a variety of techniques that range from the original and innovative to the conventional. Each programme, running over approximately three years, cost more than £20 million. Together, their achievements represent a key milestone for the NDA group’s corporate targets. Across the 10 Magnox reactor sites, the whole ponds clean-up programme is anticipated to cost around £300 million. Simple innovative processes and shared learning have reduced the earlier original estimate by £45 million. Water now remains only in the Chapelcross ponds, and the site is set to reap the benefit from the learning and hands-on experience at other sites.
NDA 10th March 2020 read more »
Magnox announces new Chief Operating Officer. Magnox has today announced the appointment of Paul Winkle as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO). Most recently Paul held the role of Director on the Conventional Island Programme at Hinkley Point C and previously was Safety, Security and Assurance Director at EDF Energy Generation. Paul will take up his role at Magnox on 1 May 2020.
NDA 29th April 2020 read more »