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.

Business as Usual at NSG

The last few months has been a really busy time for everyone at NSG. As well as delivering a sizeable MoD work programme, we have continued to deliver a series of work programmes for Magnox in our workshop in Chorley, Lancashire. This is largely down to the hard work and understanding of our staff and client. Despite the unfamiliarity and challenges faced around initial travel restrictions and social distancing, everyone involved in the projects has ensured that safety has been paramount at all times. As a result of our proactive approach, we were the first of the ‘Lots’ on the Modular ILW Encapsulation Pre-Conditioning programme to restart after lockdown and have received much praise from our client for our resolve and flexibility.

Changes to NSG’s Engineering Structure

NSG is delighted to announce the appointment of Joe Wilcox as Head of Engineering with immediate effect.

Joe joined NSG in 2017 and has played a key role in the delivery of the Modular ILW Encapsulation Plant (MILWEP) project for Magnox Ltd. In his new role, Joe will be accountable for the overall management of the NSG Engineering team and responsible for the effective delivery of engineering activities across NSG projects, as well as being accountable for Design Authority, which will be delegated to dedicated Design Authority Subject Matter Experts as appropriate.

Joe Wilcox (left) and Neale Bennett

Furthermore, Neale Bennett has been appointed as NSG’s Chief Engineer. Neale will support Joe in delivering engineered solutions that meet our clients’ expectations and continue to share his wealth of experience across the business.

NSG Awarded Place on RWM Framework

NSG Environmental Ltd is pleased to announce it has been chosen as a delivery partner on Radioactive Waste Management’s (RWM) Disposability Assurance and Waste Packaging Support Framework.

The £6.7m framework, which has an initial duration of three years and an option to extend for a further year, includes the provision of support to RWM with disposability assessments for the packaging of Higher Activity Waste, assessment of package records, technical auditing of packaging activities and maintaining the validity of endorsements through periodic review. NSG is leading Lot 2 of the framework on Waste Package Records Assessment and Development.

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

We are thrilled to secure a place on this important framework and look forward to supporting RWM with their mission to deliver a geological disposal facility and provide radioactive waste management solutions.

NSG to Lead Unity+ Team on NDA DRP Framework

NSG Environmental Ltd is delighted to announce it will again lead a team on the NDA’s Direct Research Portfolio (DRP) integrated waste management and site decommissioning and remediation framework.

The DRP, which has an initial duration of two years and an option to extend for a further two years, addresses issues that could affect multiple sites in areas of strategy, technology innovation and skills. The Unity+ team, led by NSG, also includes core members ARC, KDC, Quintessa Ltd, RPS Consulting Services Ltd, SOCOTEC UK Ltd, The University of Sheffield (including Nuclear AMRC) and Veolia Nuclear Solutions, as well as non-core members Lucideon, Mirion Technologies, STERIS and The University of Manchester.

Michelle Wise, Director of Consultancy Services at NSG, commented:

As experts in the areas of integrated waste management and site decommissioning and remediation, we are delighted to secure a place on this major framework and look forward to collaborating with our Unity+ partners to deliver value and innovation to the NDA and its stakeholders.

Rock Matrix Diffusion Research Undertaken by NSG and Partners Published in Scientific Reports Journal

A recent publication by authors from the University of Manchester, University of Leeds, British Geological Survey, Quintessa, NSG and Radioactive Waste Management (RWM) has shown for the first time that the mobility of potentially harmful contaminants in crystalline rocks over long periods of time may be severely limited due to the presence of tiny crystals, meaning contaminant movement is likely to be focused to water-bearing fractures only.

The study, published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports, analysed crystalline (granite) rock samples from underground systems in Japan and the UK and the results imply that in many cases the importance of ‘rock matrix diffusion’ may be minimal. These findings, which apply to long-lived systems, build on previous laboratory and field studies over short periods of time which also suggested that contaminant mobility in crystalline rocks will be limited to short distances in parts of the rock that are away from large fractures.

Dr Gráinne Carpenter, NSG’s Head of Consultancy Services and co-author of the paper, commented:

The findings of our research challenge commonly proposed models regarding the length scale and importance of rock matrix diffusion. For the nuclear industry, our findings help to develop understanding of the processes which may be drawn upon to underpin safety cases for geological disposal.

NSG Wins RoSPA Sector Award

NSG Environmental Ltd is proud to announce it has been awarded the 2020 RoSPA Sector Award for Research and Development.

The accolade, given to NSG for ‘consistent excellence and continuously improving performance’, will be presented to the company at the 64th annual RoSPA Awards in Birmingham later this year. The award is NSG’s 18th consecutive RoSPA Award and third Sector Award in five years.

Mark Coles, Director of Projects South and responsible for health and safety at NSG, commented:

To win this prestigious award for the second consecutive year is testament to the dedication of all our staff who ensure that health and safety is paramount in all we do. I would like to thank them for their ongoing commitment to safe working and look forward to celebrating our achievement with the other winning companies later this year.

NSG to Supply Magnox ILW Retrieval Equipment

NSG Environmental Ltd has been awarded a contract by Magnox Ltd to design, manufacture, test, install and commission equipment to retrieve wet intermediate level waste (ILW) from within the Ponds Purge Sump (PPS) at the Hunterston A site in Scotland.

The contract, formally known as the Ponds Purge Sump Retrieval and Encapsulation Project (PPSREP), has an estimated value and duration of £1m and 12 months respectively. NSG’s extensive waste retrieval experience was a key factor in being awarded the contract, having successfully completed a variety of waste retrieval campaigns at numerous sites around the UK.

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 site. We have quickly developed a collaborative relationship with the Hunterston team and I am very confident this will lead to the successful delivery of the project.

NSG Welcomes New Consultant to Cleator Moor Office

NSG is delighted to announce the latest addition to its Consultancy Services team, Dr Rob Thied.

Rob will head up the company’s Cleator Moor office and joins the team in the role of Principal Consultant. With a reputation for being highly knowledgeable, enthusiastic and versatile, Rob has worked for BNFL/Sellafield Ltd and most recently TÜV SÜD Nuclear Technologies during his 24 years in the nuclear industry.

Michelle Wise, Director of Consultancy Services at NSG, commented:

We are thrilled to have Rob on board as we strengthen our commitment to the thriving nuclear sector in West Cumbria. As we look to the future and continue to expand our team and expertise in the area, Rob will play a big role in ensuring our journey is successful.