End in sight for reprocessing at Sellafield. Over the next 4 years, the commercial reprocessing of spent fuel at Sellafield will end, and the site will move to full-scale decommissioning. The decision was taken in 2012 to close THORP in 2018, once reprocessing of the current contracts is complete. It would have taken billions of pounds to upgrade THORP and its support plants to allow it to continue running beyond 2018. This was not a viable option. Instead, funding will be directed towards work to decommission and remediate the site. The Magnox Reprocessing Plant began reprocessing fuel from Britain’s early nuclear reactors in 1964. It is scheduled to complete its operations in 2020 once all of the Magnox fuel has been reprocessed. The closure is scheduled to follow the defueling of the final Magnox station, Calder Hall, in 2019. This will mark the completion of a complex, logistical and procedural process, as outlined in the Magnox Operating Programme.
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