Work has begun to install the second of three emptying machines at Sellafield’s Magnox Swarf Storage Silo. The first piece of the 350-tonne machine – a transfer tunnel – was lifted into the building last month. Work begins on second emptying machine at the Magnox Swarf Storage Silo. The silo contains an estimated 60,000 items of intermediate level nuclear waste in 22 chambers. It was built in the 1960s without a plan for how it would be emptied. Engineers have been working for decades to design, build, and install three machines to do the job. One is fully built, the second is now under construction, and a third will follow. Waste retrievals are scheduled to start later this year. By 2024, all three machines should be up and running. Retrievals are set to be completed by 2045. Decommissioning the building is one of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s priority programmes.
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