Magnox’s Chapelcross Site hit another significant decommissioning milestone last Friday when the 200th Flask containing spent fuel was safely shipped to the Sellafield Site in Cumbria for reprocessing.
Following formal permission to start defuelling from the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NII) in July 2008, and the first flask being sent to Sellafield for reprocessing in April 2009, there has been consistent progress made with the defuelling programme at the Chapelcross Site.
A total of 38,075 fuel elements are being systematically removed from all four reactors and safely dispatched for reprocessing to Sellafield. To date 29,408 fuel elements have been removed and sent for reprocessing in 200 flasks. This represents 77% of the defuelling programme with each flask containing an average of 150 fuel elements. Reactors 3 & 4 are completely free of fuel and the total flask shipments required to complete defuelling at Chapelcross is approximately 260. Completion of the defueling project, which is scheduled to be completed in 2013, will result in 99% of the radioactivity removed from the site.
Richard Murray, Plant Manager in charge of the defuelling project said “This is a great achievement and another significant defuelling milestone for the site and is a credit to the skilled workforce currently focused on the defuelling project”.