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Cavendish Nuclear has been awarded a £2.4 million ($3.3 million) contract to deliver Radiometric Characterisation Services (RCS) to Sellafield Ltd. commencing in April 2021.

Decommissioning is currently taking place at Sellafield with workers at the Pile Fuel Storage Pond having removed half of the solid waste in the facility. The Pile Fuel Storage Pond was built in the 1940s to help produce plutonium for Britain’s nuclear deterrent, Sellafield’s original mission.

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The three-year RCS framework will focus on supporting the post-operational clean out of redundant facilities to ensure that they can transition from operations, to surveillance and maintenance, and eventually decommissioning, in the safest, most effective way.

Cavendish Nuclear will work in partnership with the Sellafield Ltd RCS team and six supply chain partners, including Nuvia, Createc, Viridian Consultants, South West Nuclear Hub, Parajito Scientific Corporation and Orano.

Peter Clark, Cavendish Nuclear products and services senior business manager, said: “This is a great opportunity to demonstrate the range of characterisation services available to accelerate decommissioning for both Sellafield Ltd and the wider Nuclear Decommissioning Authority group. Working in partnership with Sellafield Ltd and our supply chain partners, we will deliver technical and service delivery innovations to meet Sellafield’s complex and unique characterisation challenges.”

The RCS contract is a replacement for the Sellafield Ltd Radiometric Specialist Measurements Framework, which Cavendish Nuclear has been a framework holder of since it was first competed in 2006.

According to Cavendish, characterisation services refer to the provision of a variety of in-situ non-destructive assay measurements in support of operating plants, decommissioning projects and waste management facilities.