The End of an Era at LLWR

A major milestone has been achieved at the Low Level Waste Repository in West Cumbria with the completion of demolition activities on some of the site’s oldest facilities.

Starting in 2013, an integrated team from NSG Environmental Ltd, LLW Repository Ltd (LLWR) and key supply chain partners decommissioned and demolished the remaining legacy plutonium contaminated facilities on the site. The facilities, which originally comprised ten magazines and supporting infrastructure, were essentially concrete bunkers initially used to store ordnance during the Second World War. Following this, the facilities were used to store radioactive waste from nuclear sites across the UK.

The facilities prior to decommissioning and demolition

Concluding in August 2019, the decommissioning phase was completed in just over six years with a cost saving of approximately £20 million to the UK taxpayer. The project was also considered one of the NDA’s top performing projects for a number of years. As well as time and cost savings, the project also delivered an impressive safety record with over 400,000 person-hours of physical decommissioning work without a single lost time accident.

The demolition phase of the project, which was also managed by NSG with support from demolition partner Squibb Group, was originally scheduled to conclude in late 2020. However, with the health and safety of everyone at the site being paramount, the project was temporarily paused due to the coronavirus pandemic. With extra safety measures in place, the team remobilised a few months later and continued to make progress in line with the revised programme. With all remaining tasks completed, the project team demobilised on the 25th of March and left the site with fond memories of a highly successful project, closing out an important chapter in the site’s history.

An aerial view of the demolished facilities, March 2021

Andy Deall, Projects North Director at NSG, commented:

This project has been an important part of the NSG journey — particularly in terms of the continued growth of the business, developing and maintaining our strong relationship with LLWR, and supporting the local area through employment opportunities and community engagement. I would like to thank everyone involved in the project for making it such a success and look forward to working with LLWR again on other projects.

Image credits: LLW Repository Ltd

NSG to Support Concept Design of ILW Size Reduction Facility at Dounreay

NSG Environmental Ltd is delighted to announce it will support the concept design of an Intermediate Level Waste Size Reduction Facility (ILWSRF) for the Prototype Fast Reactor (PFR) at the Dounreay site in Scotland.

PFR building, Dounreay

The package of work was awarded to Amentum through the Dounreay Decommissioning Services and Works Framework and will be supported by NSG and other framework partners. The ILWSRF will import, process and package the Higher Activity Waste retrieved during the dismantling of the PFR. The concept design is the first step in the supply of a fully commissioned and available system, which is a key enabler for the reactor dismantling campaigns and mortuary post-operational clean out (POCO) within the PFR decommissioning programme.

Jim Porter, Managing Director of NSG, commented:

We are absolutely thrilled to support this package of work and look forward to collaborating with DSRL, Amentum and our framework partners to deliver success on one of the most complex nuclear decommissioning projects in Europe.

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People Development Advisor

Reference: 21-008
Site: NSG, Chorley
Department: Business Support
Type: Permanent
Deadline: 19 April 2021

Working at NSG

Our vision is to be the nuclear industry’s preferred partner and we believe our people are fundamental to achieving this. Our positive and rewarding workplace culture is driven by our four core values: passion, integrity, challenge and collaboration. As a member of the NSG team, we will support your professional development in an exciting and challenging working environment, helping you to deliver to your highest potential.

The Role

The People Development Advisor will support the commercial and operational activity of the company through the provision and effective identification of training and development needs, ensuring continuous development of employees in line with agreed competencies to ensure SQEP, as directed by the People and Integration Manager. They will also design, develop and implement the learning management system and be responsible for the company’s professional development programme (CPD), ensuring people at all levels possess the skills, knowledge and experience to fulfil the short and long-term ambitions of the company for continued growth.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Membership of CIPD.
  • Qualified to degree level in a relevant discipline preferred.
  • Certificate in training practice preferred.
  • Evidence of continuous development in a learning and development capacity.
  • Experience of implementing a learning management system.
  • Experience of using and developing digital and online learning methods.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Commitment to and understanding of NSG’s vision, mission and values.
  • Due regard to equal opportunities and diversity at all times, and work in a fair and reasonable manner towards all stakeholders.

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NSG Awarded DSRL LoC Framework Agreement

At NSG, we have a long and successful history of supporting DSRL with the delivery of the waste management life cycle and we are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a framework agreement for the Provision of Letter of Compliance (LoC) Support Services.

The Dounreay site in Thurso, Scotland

The framework has a duration of up to four years and the scope of services includes LoC submissions along with supporting strategy documents, inventory development, development trials (laboratory-scale through to full-scale) and waste package records. The LoCs will play an integral role in ensuring the safe and secure management of DSRL’s waste.

Michelle Wise, NSG’s Director of Consultancy Services, added:

We look forward to using our expertise in the preparation of LoC submissions to work collaboratively with DSRL and support their waste-led approach to decommissioning.

Image credit: DSRL

Requirements Engineer

Reference: 21-013
Site: AWE, Aldermaston
Department: Projects South
Type: Contract
Deadline: 19 April 2021

Working at NSG

Our vision is to be the nuclear industry’s preferred partner and we believe our people are fundamental to achieving this. Our positive and rewarding workplace culture is driven by our four core values: passion, integrity, challenge and collaboration. As a member of the NSG team, we will support your professional development in an exciting and challenging working environment, helping you to deliver to your highest potential.

The Role

The successful applicant will provide requirements engineering expertise to AWE programmes. Working closely with, and advising appropriately, the Project Manager or Engineering Task Manager, to ensure that systems engineering methods, tools and processes are used to best effect for requirements capture.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent in engineering, supported by practical experience or equivalent.
  • Experience of applied abstract modelling techniques in support of life cycle processes, e.g. Use cases, context diagrams, etc.
  • Experience of system design and specification, including interface design and specification.
  • Basic understanding of the UK nuclear industry.
  • Well organised with the ability to work to timescales and demonstrate attention to detail.
  • Ability to grasp new and abstract concepts and ideas quickly.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Commitment to and understanding of NSG’s vision, mission and values.
  • Due regard to equal opportunities and diversity at all times, and work in a fair and reasonable manner towards all stakeholders.

Security Clearance

SC or above is essential.

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Mobilisation and Momentum for MILWEP

Despite the latest lockdown, the Modular Intermediate Level Waste Encapsulation Plant (MILWEP) project team have been working hard to maintain progress on the multi-site, multi-year programme. After a six-month pause from site operations last year due to the pandemic, additional COVID-19 safety measures were implemented to protect everyone involved in the project and to allow the works to continue.

Hinkley Point A MILWEP facility

At Berkeley, the works are ongoing to complete the site acceptance testing ahead of moving into inactive commissioning, whilst the team at Hinkley Point A are completing the remaining major installation activities. In late November of last year, work commenced at the third and final MILWEP site, Chapelcross, where the NSG team mobilised as principal contractor. Installation and construction activities are progressing well, despite the additional precautionary measures and the unplanned winter construction phase.

First major lifts at Chapelcross, November 2020

All three MILWEP sites are on track to be completed by 2022. This achievement is largely due to the hard work and dedication of the project team and the positive collaboration between Magnox, NSG and the supply chain.

NSG Welcomes Launch of Second GDF Working Group

NSG welcomes today’s announcement on the launch of a second Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) working group in Allerdale, Cumbria.

An artist’s impression of a GDF

NSG supports the establishment of the working group as a step forward in the development of a GDF and the safe and secure disposal of higher activity waste. The construction and hosting of a GDF will provide a significant boost to the local economy, workforce and supply chain, as well as being a project of national significance. The Allerdale Working Group follows the Copeland Working Group, launched in November 2020, and will initially focus on gathering information about the local area and the views of the local community regarding the possible siting of a GDF.

Image credit: gov.uk/CoRWM

NSG Selected as Magnox’s Wet Waste Retrieval Supply Chain Delivery Partner

NSG Environmental Ltd is delighted to announce it has been selected as Magnox Ltd’s Wet Waste Retrieval Supply Chain Delivery Partner to provide retrieval systems at Hinkley Point A, Chapelcross and Oldbury.

The programme scope involves the retrieval of wet waste through the redeployment of standardised, modular, transportable toolkits. The initial requirement is the procurement, manufacture, installation and commissioning of fill house and vacuum retrieval systems at Hinkley Point A, Chapelcross and Oldbury. Subsequent requirements include the deployment of a range of toolkits across the Magnox fleet.

A 3D representation of the Dungeness A system

NSG’s extensive wet waste retrieval experience was a key factor in being awarded the contract, having successfully completed a variety of waste retrieval campaigns at multiple sites around the UK, including the recent procurement, manufacture, installation and commissioning of a fill house and vacuum retrieval system at Magnox’s Dungeness A site.

Andy Deall, Director of Projects North at NSG, commented:

We are delighted to be awarded this contract and look forward to supporting Magnox with the safe and secure clean-up of their sites. We have been supporting Magnox for over 25 years and have developed a strong and successful collaborative relationship over that time. This will be built upon to ensure the Wet Waste Retrieval Programme is a success.

NSG Awarded Place on Sellafield EIF4 Framework

NSG is delighted to announce it has been awarded a place on the Enabling Innovation Framework 4 by Sellafield Ltd.

The framework scope covers initial identification of a business need through problem definition and the provision of focused technical and digital support/solutions and subsequent support to key decision making. The framework is focused on the enabling of innovation rather than the delivery of innovation, i.e. developing the parameters and mechanisms which will allow the achievement of innovation, and has a maximum value of £19m over a period of a maximum of four years. The ten Enabling Innovation Framework supply chain partners are:

• NSG Environmental Ltd
• C Spencer Ltd
• Eadon Consulting Ltd
• Jacobs Clean Energy Ltd
• Ove Arup and Partners Ltd
• Cavendish Nuclear Ltd
• Quintessa Ltd
• Frazer-Nash Consultancy Ltd
• Red Engineering Ltd
• Westlakes Engineering Ltd

Duncan Steel, Chief Technology Officer at Sellafield Ltd, said:

The Enabling Innovation Framework brings together supply chain partners with broad experience and expertise to provide input, innovation and challenge to Sellafield Ltd. We look forward to working with the supply chain partners in a collaborative manner to deliver both strategic and tactical value in support of the organisational mission.

Back on Track at LLWR

Following the resumption of site operations in July, the PCM Demolition project team have been hard at work at the Low Level Waste Repository in West Cumbria. A number of measures have been in place since the restart to provide additional protection to the workforce, including updated safe systems of work and a phased return to work with staggered start times to reduce numbers in certain areas.

Demolishing one of the remaining magazine facilities

Lots of progress has been made over the last few months across multiple workfaces. This includes the demolition of a large facility and its ancillary buildings, as well as preparatory and waste management tasks in other facilities. Despite the initial unfamiliarity and challenges faced around the new working measures, everyone involved in the project has worked really hard to maintain progress whilst ensuring that safety has been paramount at all times.