Winfrith Reactor Decommissioning Reaches Important Milestone.

Cutaway image of the reactor core (Centre) and the rooms and equipment that JFN will be installing in the building around the core in order to carry out the decommissioning as safely and efficiently as possible

James Fisher Nuclear (JFN), a subsidiary of James Fisher and Sons PLC, has reached the first important milestone in a project to decommission one of the UK earliest experimental reactors. The project has reached the ‘Design Detail’ stage, when the client, Magnox and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), reviews the designs and authorises the move towards implementation.

This is an important step in the four year project to deliver a facility for the remote cutting up and packaging of the reactor core of the redundant Steam Generating Heavy Water Reactor (SGHWR) located at Winfrith in Dorset.

Kevin McIntyre, Reactors Programme Manager for Magnox said “Decommissioning the SGHWR is a significant step in dealing with the country’s nuclear legacy. With their work so far on the SGHWR project, JFN have proved to be an able and innovative partner. They have attacked the challenges presented by the Winfrith reactor and have put forward innovative, safety focused and cost effective solutions”

This is one of highest value turn-key decommissioning projects currently in operation in the UK and will firmly establish JFN as the leading reactor decommissioning implementation contractor in the UK.

Paul Read, Managing Director of JFN said: “This is a huge project and I’m pleased it is progressing well. We have a strong heritage in this field, as we have been integral in every reactor segmentation project carried out in the UK and we are now taking our skills and experience to a wider market by actively pursuing similar opportunities in Europe and further afield”

The SGHWR team is now engaging with its supply chain and integrated teams of specialist sub-contractors, fine tuning its procurement plans, testing and implementing QA procedures and recruiting key staff, as it moves towards the start of on-site activities during 2018. Working closely with its client, Magnox Ltd. and the NDA to ensure the project is delivered on time and on budget, JFN continues to make good progress towards its next set of goals.

Kerry Bailey JFN’s Project Manager for SGHWR said: “The achievements we have made have been as a result of the hard work and dedication of the entire team, both here at JFN and across our clients and partner companies”

JFN has proved itself highly capable of delivering such specialist contracts through the implementation of tried and tested solutions for complex decommissioning questions. This specialist engineering company is now looking to deliver, not just for the UK nuclear decommissioning industry but to apply its expertise to decommissioning challenges across Europe and beyond.