NSG Supports NNA Meet the Buyer Event

On Monday 13 June, NSG’s Business Development Manager James Rudd and Buyer Nicola Whittle (pictured) gave a short presentation about NSG’s current and future business and supply chain opportunities at the Northern Nuclear Alliance’s Meet the Buyer event in Birchwood. The event also featured contributions from Sellafield Ltd, Urenco Capenhurst, EDF Sizewell C, Cavendish Nuclear and U-Battery. NSG sponsored the event to encourage closer collaboration between organisations in the nuclear industry and the event was a great success.

Bright Stars Buzzing After Bee Presentation

For this year’s Bright Stars challenge, the students at our partner school Victoria Junior School in Workington have decided to create bee habitats in their local area. Earlier this week, NSG’s Ben Mundow supported Dr Dominic Rhodes MBE, Technical Specialist at Sellafield Ltd and third-generation apiarist, as he gave a presentation to the students on the basics of beekeeping.

Dominic during his presentation

Dominic’s talk explained the importance of bees, why they are so essential to our ecosystem and how the world depends heavily on them. This involved describing their societal hierarchy, behaviour, what and how they pollinate, and how we can encourage bees in our own back garden (borage is a flower that bees particularly love).

Dominic (top left) and Ben (top right) suited up with the students

Dominic passed around honey frames to the class, some of which had beeswax on, and the students were thoroughly engaged and asked many questions, many of which were focused on understanding how we can help bees. After the talk, Dominic handed out bee suits for the children to try on so they could understand what it’s like to be an apiarist, as well as encouraging them to look into the fascinating hobby.

A huge thanks to Dominic for presenting such an interesting and informative talk!

NSG Supports Nuclear North West Event

NSG was proud to support the inaugural Nuclear North West event on Thursday 12 May, which was jointly organised by the Nuclear Industry Association, Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster, Wales Nuclear Forum and Northern Nuclear Alliance.

James chairing the Decommissioning Panel

In his role as Northern Nuclear Alliance Event Chair, NSG’s James Rudd chaired the Decommissioning Panel which opened up discussions on supply chain opportunities with Sellafield Ltd, the PPP framework, Magnox Ltd and the recently amalgamated Nuclear Waste Services. James also supported a session with Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster, Wales Nuclear Forum and the Northern Nuclear Alliance which explored closer collaboration between companies from different regions.

NSG Team Complete UK2Ukraine Challenge

A massive thank you to our staff, contractors, suppliers and all those that supported our UK2Ukraine challenge. We are delighted to announce that the NSG team smashed the 3,460-mile target (the distance from our head office in Chorley to Kyiv and back), racking up a total of 4,209 miles during the duration of the challenge.

This was achieved through a combination of walking, running, cycling, rowing, swimming and skiing. Special thanks to FitBox in Chorley and The Gym in Basingstoke for loaning us an exercise bike each and Lifestyle Fitness in Newbury for offering free gym passes during the challenge.

The £3,460 fundraising target was also smashed, with an amazing total of £5,559.38 being donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. This total includes our commitment to match every penny raised by our staff and contractors. The funds raised will provide food, water, shelter and medical assistance to those directly affected by the crisis.

NSG Celebrates 20th Consecutive RoSPA Award

We are delighted to announce that we have been Highly Commended by RoSPA in their Research and Development Sector Award category.

The award is our 20th consecutive RoSPA Award and fifth Sector Award in seven years. The achievement will be formally celebrated at the RoSPA Awards Ceremony at Nunsmere Hall in Cheshire on Thursday 23 June.

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

I would like to thank everyone at NSG for embracing our values and ensuring health and safety is their number one priority on a daily basis. We have worked very hard to improve our health and safety performance across all our sites and will continue to challenge ourselves to ensure best practice.

NSG Hosts STEM Students

On Wednesday 23 March, we welcomed students from Parklands High School in Chorley to our head office. The visit was part of the Engineering Development Trust’s Industrial Cadets Bronze Project, a scheme where students have the opportunity to gain key skills for learning, life and work, working as a team on a STEM project. For their project, the students, who are part of the school’s Environment Club, are creating a 3D model, report and presentation about creating a sustainable ‘school island’.

Rosalind Todman (left), James Rudd (second from right) and Joshua Moore (right) with the students

During their visit, they were taken on a tour of our R&D facility and laboratory, given an overview of the nuclear industry and the career paths available, and also took part in a number of fun activities including working with a glovebox, wearing nuclear PPE and testing hydrogen bottle rockets. As part of their project, the students have been looking into renewable energies and had lots of interesting and enthusiastic questions on how nuclear fits in.

Patricia Berry, Careers Leader at Parklands High School, said the students “had a great time and learned so much”. We look forward to supporting the school again in the near future and wish the students the best of luck with their project.

Drum Recharacterisation Success at LLWR

Working in partnership with assay technology specialists ANTECH on the Waste Characterisation Services (WCS) Framework, we are currently undertaking a drum recharacterisation project at the Low Level Waste Repository (LLWR) in West Cumbria and have now successfully recharacterised over 500 drums.

ANTECH’s Universal Drum Assay and Segregation System

The drums of waste were generated throughout the life of the PCM Decommissioning project, which was completed in 2019 by an integrated team comprising NSG, LLW Repository Ltd and key supply chain partners. The drums were originally characterised using the LLWR drum assay machine and assigned with a Nuclear Safety Value (NSV) to enable consignment of the drums to Sellafield for long-term storage and disposal as Intermediate Level Waste (ILW).

The characterisation undertaken by the LLWR drum assay machine was bound by several limiting factors, including the non-uniform nature of the contents, both in terms of activity levels and physical density, the radiological fingerprint and detector types resulting in low detection efficiency, and significant measurement uncertainty resulting in large error bands and uncertainty factors being applied when calculating NSVs. As such, there was an opportunity that with better assay technology the drums could be more accurately characterised and potentially diverted to lower-level waste routes, providing both cost and environmental benefits to the NDA.

ANTECH is one of the UK’s leading providers of radiation measurement equipment, measurement services and technical expertise to the nuclear industry and has developed significant advances in assay technology which allow for more accurate drum characterisation. At LLWR, we are deploying ANTECH’s Universal Drum Assay and Segregation System (UDASS), which is an integrated assay system combining high-efficiency ‘Open Detector’ measurements with a ‘Wide Range Segmented Gamma Scanner’ and ‘Tomographic Gamma Scanning’ capability.

The technology is proving to be highly effective and we are currently exceeding the original targets for resentencing PCM to Low Level Waste (LLW), with the majority of drums being shown to fall into the lower waste categories of Low Activity Low Level Waste (LA-LLW) or Very Low Level Waste (VLLW). This marks a significant achievement, with 100% of the first 500 drums being diverted away from the ILW route.

NSG Opens New Office in Cheltenham

We are pleased to announce the opening of a new office at Eagle Tower in Cheltenham. The tallest building in Cheltenham, Eagle Tower houses numerous local businesses, features multiple modern meeting spaces and has its own café, as well as overlooking the beautiful Montpellier Gardens.

Eagle Tower

Having been in Cheltenham since 2014 at the nearby Festival House building, the move reinforces our commitment to the local area and the wider South West nuclear hub. The office will house members of our growing Consultancy Services team and will be headed up by our Consultancy Services Director, Gráinne Carpenter.

Image credit: Punchline

NSG Supports Runshaw College Apprenticeship Showcase

On Wednesday 20 January, NSG’s Apprentice Manager Rosalind Todman and recent apprentices Nicole Walmsley and James Cowell attended Runshaw College’s inaugural Apprenticeship Showcase.

Nicole (left), Rosalind and James

The event was supported by numerous local companies and Rosalind, Nicole and James were on hand to offer the students advice, as well as share their own apprenticeship experiences.

NSG Appoints New Head of ESH&Q

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Johnson as Head of ESH&Q.

Paul, or PJ as he known by his colleagues, joined NSG in 1999 as a Mechanical Technician after a decade in the Royal Navy. During his time at NSG, Paul has developed a wealth of experience in various roles and began to focus on ESH&Q matters from 2005 onwards. Paul’s professional experience has been enhanced by numerous qualifications that cover all areas of ESH&Q.

Mark Coles, Director Responsible for ESH&Q at NSG, commented:

PJ has been a stalwart of our ESH&Q team for many years and a key component of our consistently excellent ESH&Q culture and performance. I would like to thank him for his commitment and wish him all the best in his new position.