The first stage in the physical works for the site’s Box Encapsulation Plant Product Store 1 and Comprehensive Import Export Facility (BEPPS CIEF) project commenced this month with the erection of access scaffolding within the Crane Maintenance Area of the existing BEPPS 1 facility.
The BEPPS 1 and CIEF project incorporates the completion of a purpose built above ground Intermediate Level Waste (ILW) nuclear waste store, and the construction of a new comprehensive import/export facility to handle radioactive waste arising from the ongoing nuclear decommissioning and high hazard reduction operations at the Sellafield site in West Cumbria.
Erection of the access scaffold will be used to enable specialist engineers to commence inspection work on the installed plant crane and other associated equipment.
Commenting on the commencement of physical works, Tony Dutta, Project Director, said: “After several years of design, it’s very positive to see work starting on site. The scaffold will allow assessment of the crane, installed some 12 years ago, to determine what is required to bring it into service.
“The site clearance will be followed by establishing offices and welfare buildings enabling initial civil works to begin. It’s always a big step for a project to see the design start to become something tangible.”