Nuclear smart system producer to open new UK site

A producer of automated handling systems is to open a new facility in Cumbria as a part of a long-term investment in the UK. PaR Systems aims to open the site this year and has recently agreed to an extended framework agreement supporting nuclear decommissioning at Sellafield. The firm says the new facility will give […]

Robots battle in nuclear clean-up challenge

Five projects have been awarded a total of £8.5 million to develop robots that can tackle some of Sellafield’s most radioactive hotspots. The robots controlled by smart auto navigation systems made it through to the final stages from a shortlist of 15, each receiving up to £1.5 million to build prototype demonstrators for testing in a simulated […]

Sellafield clean-up completes first stage

One of the largest hazard reduction projects ever undertaken at the Sellafield nuclear decommissioning site has finished its preliminary stages. This involved six car-size holes being cut in the site’s oldest radioactive waste storage facility, followed by airtight doors being installed in preparation for its robotic clean-out. The milestone means Sellafield and its supply chain […]

Sellafield firefighters announce fresh strike in pay dispute

The Sellafield nuclear site will be hit by fresh industrial action as firefighters have announced another strike this week. Around 3,000 members of the GMB union will stage a third 12-hour strike this Thursday, 30th November, from 6am to 6pm in a dispute over pay. The union claims firefighters’ job has been re-evaluated by three […]

Two UK firms win £6m Sellafield contract

Two companies in the UK have won a share of a multi-million pound contract at Sellafield. TSP Engineering and Cavendish Nuclear will supply containers for decommissioning the Magnox Swarf Storage Silo (MSSS). The 50-tonne containers will be used to move radioactive materials from the MSSS to newly constructed treatment and storage facilities on the site. […]

Sellafield nuclear workers plan second strike

Workers at the Sellafield nuclear site are planning a second day of strike action in a row over pay. The Unite union, which represents more than 1,100 workers at the Cumbria plant, said employees are preparing to go on strike again on 22nd November. The dispute centres around the 1.5% pay offer by Sellafield, which […]

Sellafield accused of intimidation ahead of firefighters’ strike

The management at Sellafield has been accused of intimidation by the GMB union ahead of the second firefighters strike today. Firefighters working at the nuclear site are walking out between 6am and 6.30pm in a long-running dispute over pay and conditions. It follows a previous walkout on Tuesday this week. GMB alleges members have been […]

Firefighters stage strike at Sellafield nuclear site

Firefighters at the Sellafield nuclear site in Cumbria have started the first of two strikes in a dispute over pay. The 12.5-hour walkout by more than 60 members of the GMB union started at 6am this morning, with another strike planned for Thursday. The union has accused the management at Sellafield of failing to keep […]

Robot helps clean-up Sellafield nuclear site

  A robot has been sent into Sellafield’s most hazardous nuclear waste store for the first time. Called ‘Avexis’, it will help dislodge and clear waste from the Magnox Swarf Storage Silo, which was built in the 1960s to store waste from the UK’s earliest nuclear reactors. The £10,000 remotely operated vehicle, developed by Cumbrian […]

Sellafield Ltd combs beaches for radioactive junk

Sellafield Ltd found nearly 3,000 radioactive objects on the beaches surrounding the decommissioning facility between 2006 and 2016. It monitored a total beach area of almost 1,900 hectares, to make sure discharges of radioactive waste from nuclear sites are being properly controlled and their effects on people and the environment are minimised. A vehicle-mounted detector […]