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.

NSG Consultants Published in Progress in Nuclear Energy Journal

Two members of NSG’s Consultancy Services team, Principal Consultant Tony Lansdell and Technical Officer Greg O’Brien, have been published in the latest edition of the Progress in Nuclear Energy international review journal. Entitled ‘Quantifying water in spent fuel assemblies with neutrons: A simulation-based approach’, their paper documents a simulation-based study concerning three non-destructive approaches by which water in spent nuclear fuel assemblies might be quantified with neutrons is described. The paper can be read here.

NSG Opens New Offices in Aldermaston

​​​​​​​We are pleased to announce the opening of new offices at Calleva Park in Aldermaston. The offices, located at Juno House and Achilles House, join our other office located on the business park at Fortuna Court, as well as an office and workshop facility at the nearby Youngs Industrial Estate.

NSG’s Mark Coles (left) and Jim Porter cutting the ribbon

To celebrate the launch of the new offices, we held a grand opening event on Thursday 21 October which was supported by delegates from NSG and our key defence client. The event included a ribbon cutting ceremony, a presentation by Managing Director Jim Porter and Projects South Director Mark Coles, as well as a tour of the new facilities.

Mark commented:

The opening of the offices symbolises our long-term commitment to our key defence client and the local area. We continue to support the local community with a variety of employment opportunities, including the commencement of five apprenticeships in the last two months alone. The opening event was a great success and I would like to thank everyone that attended.

Key Milestone Achieved on Magnox PPSREP Project

The NSG-Magnox project team recently achieved a key milestone on the Pond Purge Sump Retrieval and Encapsulation Project (PPSREP) with the successful completion of the integrated works testing phase at NSG’s R&D facility in Chorley. Starting in September 2019, the project scope comprises the detailed design, manufacture, testing, installation and commissioning of a system to retrieve intermediate level waste (ILW) from within the Pond Purge Sump at Hunterston A.

The retrievals system being tested at NSG’s facility

The system has now been stripped and transportation to Hunterston A is under way via multiple transports. The NSG site team has been mobilised and installation is set to commence in the coming weeks, which will be followed by a stage of inactive commissioning by the combined NSG and Magnox site team. This will be the final stage of NSG’s involvement the project, with the system being handed over to Magnox to complete the active commissioning and setting to work phases. Despite the disruption caused by the pandemic, the programme is scheduled to finish on time and under budget.

NSG Provides Valuable Experience for Aspiring Engineer

Last week, we said farewell to Jamie Russell after he completed a 10-week summer placement at our head office in Chorley, Lancashire. Jamie is an aspiring engineer and is currently studying the discipline at the University of Cambridge. Everyone at NSG wishes Jamie the best of luck in his future career. If you or someone you know is interested in gaining some work experience or completing a summer placement at NSG next year, please contact our HR team at HR@nsgltd.com to discuss availability.

NSG Appoints New Heads of Consultancy

We are pleased to announce the appointments of Dr Rob Thied and Dave Cannon as Head of Consultancy North and Head of Consultancy South, respectively.

Rob (left) and Dave

Rob, who heads up our Cleator Moor office, joined us in 2019 in the role of Principal Consultant. During his 25 years in the nuclear industry, Rob has delivered projects for a number of SLCs across the UK and has spent a significant amount of his career supporting Sellafield’s clean-up mission. Rob will continue to lead our Consultancy Services division’s delivery capability for West Cumbria and further afield.

Since joining us in 2013, Dave has been our lead on waste characterisation services and a key contributor to a number of contaminated land and decommissioning contracts involving clients from a variety of sectors. Dave has also successfully delivered several projects for the National Waste Programme, most recently on waste culture within the NDA Estate, and is an accredited Radioactive Waste Adviser.

In their new roles, Rob and Dave will continue to work closely with our recently appointed Consultancy Services Director, Gráinne Carpenter.

Gráinne commented:

Throughout their time at NSG, Rob and Dave have been dedicated to delivering a first-class service to our clients. They bring a wealth of experience and embody NSG’s core values; leading by example and supporting those around them. I would like to congratulate them both on their new roles and look forward to working with them as we work to sustain and nurture our Consultancy Services business.

Sellafield Windscale Piles DQO Workshop

NSG recently supported ADAPT and Sellafield Ltd in the study phase of the removal of the fuel and isotope cartridges from the Windscale Pile 1 reactor core, including the material in the Fire Affected Zone which was damaged during the 1957 fire. Find out more below.

Sellafield Windscale Piles DQO Workshop

NSG Awarded LLWR Waste Characterisation Services Framework Contract

NSG Environmental Ltd is delighted to announce it has been awarded a framework contract by LLW Repository Ltd for Waste Characterisation Services. The framework provides access to expert characterisation services for LLW Repository Ltd Waste Management Services customers.

An aerial view of the Low Level Waste Repository in Drigg, Cumbria

The contract has an estimated value of £14 million over a period of four years and the scope will include consultation, sampling, analysis, interpretation, waste routing and measurement. NSG will deliver the work with support from Mirion Technologies, SOCOTEC, Tradebe Inutec, GAU-Radioanalytical Laboratories and GEL Laboratories.

Gráinne Carpenter, Consultancy Services Director at NSG, commented:

The award of this framework contract is testament to our expertise in the field of waste characterisation and we look forward to further strengthening our long and successful relationship with LLW Repository Ltd.

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Sellafield HAW Thermal Treatment Programme

NSG is currently supporting Sellafield Ltd’s ambition to realise a thermal treatment capability on the site and has developed clear strategies that are helping to resolve some of the nuclear industry’s biggest challenges by reducing the volume of Higher Activity Waste (HAW) requiring disposal and improving long-term sustainability. Find out more below.

Sellafield HAW Thermal Treatment Programme