Evaporator D completes 2nd phase

The UK’s largest nuclear project, Evaporator D has celebrated the completion of the second phase of construction by holding a traditional ‘topping out’ ceremony.

Guests invited by Sellafield Ltd and its alliance partner Costain attended the ceremony held on top of one of the 26m high reinforced concrete roof that will form the civil structure for the facility.

Work on Evaporator D started in May 2009 and construction is due to be completed in 2014. Once commissioned, Evaporator D will provide additional capacity to support the site’s existing evaporators.

The evaporators play a pivotal role in the delivery of nuclear fuel reprocessing contracts and high level waste management at Sellafield.

Bill Condon, Project Management Director said: “The excellent progress to date would not have been possible without the efforts and dedication of everyone involved in the Project. We look forward to delivering further progress in 2011 with around 70 per cent of the mechanical, electrical and instrumentation work completed and delivered to the project.”

NDA’s Dr Ian Hudson, Head of Programme for Sellafield said: “The successful completion of both the construction and commissioning of Evaporator D is a key part of delivering our priority of risk and hazard reduction at Sellafield. Good progress is being made and I am pleased to see the project is right on track.”

Rob Philips, Construction Director for Costain said: “I am immensely proud of our teams achievement, they have completed the very complex build in a confined site, working night and day in all weathers. We now look forward to completion of the erection of the gantry and installation of the modules which make up the heart of this plant.

Glenn McCracken, Head of Projects for Sellafield Ltd, said: “Achievement of this significant milestone by the Evaporator D Project Team represents a tremendous amount of hard work in challenging conditions and it is a very important step towards getting the plant ready for the next phase of construction. The team have really pulled together to make this happen and they continue to drive the project forward’.

Speaking at the ceremony Tom McClain, Sellafield Ltd Project Manager, said: “When I first saw the Evaporator D site back in May 2009 it was a concrete hole in the ground. As the Project Manager for Evaporator D I am extremely proud to be standing here celebrating the hard work of all the people involved in reaching this milestone.”