Dounreay awards contract for world’s deepest nuclear clean-up to Nuvia. Work to remove waste from a shaft at Dounreay will begin later this year after a major contract was awarded at the former nuclear facility. Dounreay has awarded the decommissioning contract as it prepares for the world’s deepest nuclear clean-up job. Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL), on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), awarded the £7.5 million contract for “advanced transition works” at the 65m-deep shaft and silo to Nuvia and its partner Graham Construction. The work will include the rerouting of existing services as well as minor construction and demolition works, preparing the two waste facilities to be emptied of legacy higher activity waste. DSRL programme delivery director David Hubbard said: “The shaft and silo contain solid waste and sludge which must be retrieved and repackaged for safe above-ground storage. I’m very pleased that we are one step closer to the clean-up of these historic waste facilities through the award of this contract.” Work on the site is expected to begin later in the autumn, while the company has been begun delivering remote activities.
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