A new collaborative approach introduced to allow key stakeholders who have a vested interest in the delivery of safe, secure, accelerated hazard and risk reduction at Sellafield is showing great results.
The organisations – Sellafield Ltd, the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), the Environment Agency, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), Department of Energy and Climate Change, (DECC) and Shareholder Executive – have worked together at the site for many years, but adopted a new are approach in 2014 allowing them to become more aligned in both strategic and tactical terms, helping ensure a greater focus to deliver the priority programmes in the most effective and supported way.
Given the age and condition of many of the facilities at Sellafield, reducing the risk and hazard is a national priority requiring urgent resolution, and removing barriers to progress is vital. Robust regulatory discipline remains central, however and we work closely with our regulators to maintain our strong safety and security culture.
Tony Price, Sellafield Ltd Managing Director, said: “Progress has already been made as a result of this approach including accelerating the start of the removal of canned oxide fuel from the Pile Fuel Storage Pond by more than three months.
“Also as part of the collaborative approach a new Drum Filling Plant, which is required to enable export of sludge to the Waste Encapsulation Plant, has been accelerated by three-and-a-half years, with a cost reduction of £50 million.”