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February 22, 2013 – 11:01 pm |

Often, developers are asked by clients to develop software interfaces that connect external devices to current databases

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February 22, 2013 – 10:48 pm |

A frequently asked question is whether nuclear decommissioning has reached technological maturity. A generally accepted definition of technological maturity is given as:

“A mature technology is a technology that has been in use for long enough that most of its initial faults and inherent problems have been removed or reduced by further development…One of the key indicators of a mature technology is the ease of use for both non-experts and professionals. Another indicator is a reduction in the rate of new breakthrough advances related to it—whereas inventions related to a (popular) immature technology are usually rapid and diverse, and may change the whole use paradigm—advances to a mature technology are usually incremental improvements only.”

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February 22, 2013 – 10:40 pm |

On September 30, 1999, Japan experienced the second worst civilian radiation exposure in its history at the Tokaimura fuels facility. Two technicians were performing routine work conducted in a similar manner for over the past seven years when a previously determined ‘impossible criticality event’ became an inevitability. The accident claimed two lives and exposed over 300,000 people living in proximity to the plant.[1] In little over a decade later, the worst nuclear materials accident occurred 250 miles away at the Fukushima Daiichi fuels storage facility, with the structural and biological damage already exceeding the $70 billion mark. Though the facilities differ in terms of their mission and scope of work, a common root cause was that both facilities either provided no training in an important area, such as the absence of fissile material handling fundamentals at Tokaimura, and the training provided was deemed ineffective.[2] Both facilities had a training department that at some point worked to an approved training plan. So, what happened?

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February 22, 2013 – 10:28 pm |

An agreement between the Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) required the operational closure of Tanks 18 and 19 by December 2012. Both tanks underwent extensive waste removal that included waste removal, specialized mechanical cleaning, and working to isolate the tanks from all external systems, all leading to regulatory confirmation that the tanks were ready for stabilization.

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Sellafield Signs Multi-million Pound Decommissioning Contract

November 28, 2014 – 9:55 am |

Representatives from Sellafield Ltd and the newly named Box Encapsulation PlantDelivery Team (BEPDT) comprising of Jacobs, AMEC and Balfour Beatty recently attended a ceremonial signing event for a multi-million pound contract at the Sellafield nuclear site.

The framework contract, which was awarded in September, has a potential value range of between £240 million and £336 million over the duration of up to four years.

The BEP project is being delivered as an integral part of the Magnox Swarf Storage Silo (MSSS) program, which is tackling the clean up of one of the most hazardous legacy facilities on the Sellafield site.

Sellafield Ltd’s Graham Cheshire, contract officer for the BEP project said, “The market recognized the challenges presented by this important and complex project and a number of strong organizations emerged to tender for the framework. Through early market engagement, which enabled the development of an innovative acquisition and contract strategy, Sellafield Ltd together with the supply chain were able to cut down the procurement schedule by around six months. This was a magnificent result for all involved and a testament to the excellent relationship and communication with key stakeholders throughout the process.”

Sellafield is Europe’s most complex nuclear site and by far the largest in the UK.. It is operated by Sellafield Ltd, a company owned and managed by Nuclear Management Partners.

When complete BEP will deliver the capability to treat nuclear waste recovered from MSSS, immobilise it and prepare it for long term storage. In addition the BEP may also process waste recovered during the decommissioning of other significant Sellafield facilities including the First General Magnox Storage Pond (FGMSP) and the Pile Fuel Storage Pond (PFSP).

Sellafield Ltd’s Chief Projects Officer, Scott Reeder, said, “Our primary focus is to safely clean up and decommission all high hazard facilities on the site, and successful completion of the BEP project will be a vital step forward. This framework award therefore represents a significant milestone for us as we move forward in tackling our mission.”

Commenting on behalf of the joint venture, Jacobs Group Vice President Conor Doyle said, “We have a long term commitment to growing capability in West Cumbria. Programmes of work with this complexity require tremendous technical, regulatory and environmental capability. With significant experience working with our Sellafield Ltd colleagues on a range of complex projects over many years, the Jacobs/AMEC/Balfour Beatty team brings together vast nuclear decommissioning and clean-up experience to this important and challenging project.”

Robert Davies New Chair for UK Nuclear Skills Body

November 21, 2014 – 4:32 pm |

Robert Davies, the President and CEO of AREVA UK has become the next independent Chair of the National Skills Academy for Nuclear (NSAN).

Final Berkeley Boiler Smelted by Studsvik

November 21, 2014 – 3:35 pm |

This month marks the end of the Berkeley boiler’s half-century lifespan as the final piece of the last metal giant is smelted at Studsvik’s specialist facility in Sweden. Only around 3% of secondary residues will be returned to Low Level Waste Repository (LLWR) for final disposal early next year.

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August 7, 2014 – 3:35 pm |

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Magnox Signs £200 Million Contract for Waste Containers

January 16, 2014 – 7:41 am |

Magnox signs framework contracts for supply of transportable self-shielded waste containers to store intermediate level waste (ILW), generated during the operational and early decommissioning phases of the UK’s Magnox nuclear power stations.

Vista Engineering Technologies Receives ISO 9001 Certification

January 15, 2014 – 9:22 am |

The company underwent a five-day audit of its quality management system at the offices in Richland, Washington, US and Loveland, Colorado, US, by an accredited certification body and received no findings

Magnox Employees First to Graduate with Certificate of Nuclear Professionalism

January 15, 2014 – 9:12 am |

Launched in January 2012, the CoNP is an 18 month program developed in partnership between the National Skills Academy for Nuclear and The Open University. The CoNP has been designed in partnership with the industry to support new entrants as they develop their knowledge of the nuclear sector

Doosan Keltbray Consortium Chosen for Major Decommissioning Project

January 14, 2014 – 9:27 am |

The Doosan Keltbray Consortium has been selected as preferred bidder for vital nuclear decommissioning work at Magnox’s Trawsfynydd Nuclear Power Station in North Wales

Register Now to Apply for Share of £13 Million Decommissioning R&D Funding

January 14, 2014 – 8:02 am |

NDA & public bodies open opportunities for UK businesses, offering £13 million for new tech covering new build, current operations & decommissioning.

Sullivan Makes Progress on Air Force Remediation Program

January 14, 2014 – 7:55 am |

The performance objectives of the task order is to implement environmental cleanup remedies at a total of 79 sites located at Dobbins Air Reserve Base…

“Cradle to Grave” Waste Tracking and Management System

January 10, 2014 – 9:02 am |

AttentionIT’s eMWaste Primary is the base software suite for generating, profiling, characterizing, inventorying, processing, overpacking, packaging, and shipping all waste streams.