Removal of last fuel elements from Scottish reactor

Work is underway to remove the remaining radioactive fuel elements that have been stuck for decades inside the Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR). The experimental dome-shaped nuclear reactor in Scotland once […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Work is underway to remove the remaining radioactive fuel elements that have been stuck for decades inside the Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR).

The experimental dome-shaped nuclear reactor in Scotland once led the world in fast breeder technology and after its closure in 1977, most of the core fuel was removed.

However, work came to a halt when some were found to be swollen and jammed, with almost two-thirds left in place, according to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

A decommissioning team has finally started to recover the elements, which is expected to take around three years, after which work will start on dismantling the 58-year old reactor.