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.

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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.

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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.

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.