NSG Staff to Take On 6 Ferries Challenge for Mental Health Charity

On the 3rd of July, members of the NSG team will be taking part in the 6 Ferries Challenge in aid of Dare 2 Express, a charity which provides support and grants as well as organised events for people suffering with mental health problems. The 100km cycling challenge will start and finish where the charity is based in Bishop’s Waltham, Hampshire, and comprises a circuit of The Solent using no less than six ferries:

  • Portsmouth-Gosport
  • Warsash-Hamble
  • Southampton-Hythe
  • Lymington-Yarmouth
  • Cowes Chain Ferry across the River Medina (Isle of Wight)
  • Ryde-Portsmouth

NSG is the proud main sponsor of the event and the team have already raised over £3,000 in sponsorship money, with a generous donation of £1,000 from Scantec Personnel. To keep up to date with the team’s progress and to donate, please click here. For more information about Dare 2 Express, please click here.

NSG Supporting Victoria Junior School’s Bright Stars

NSG is delighted to be supporting Victoria Junior School in Workington for the 2021 edition of Bright Stars.

NSG’s Dr Mélodie Herbas (back row, right) and the students during a recent visit to the new allotment space

Bright Stars is an exciting eight-week programme designed to introduce children in primary schools across Cumbria to leadership, entrepreneurship and the world of business. The focus of this year’s event is to make a difference in a Covid-19 world.

For their project, Victoria Junior School have chosen to convert a derelict space into a practical allotment for the school and local community. Both the school and NSG are passionate about making this project a success for the whole community.

NSG Supports NNA Virtual Work Experience Programme

NSG’s James Rudd (on-screen) with some of the students

In collaboration with the Northern Nuclear Alliance (NNA), NSG is supporting a virtual work experience programme for ten University Technical College (UTC) Warrington students. The programme comprises a series of sessions on the nuclear industry, apprenticeships, career development and CV writing. In addition, the students are working as a collaborative team to design a system to retrieve sludge from the bottom of a pond at Sellafield. Reflecting the recent trend in the nuclear industry and the workplace as a whole, the students have been attending by logging in remotely where possible and from the classroom. Along with Cavendish Nuclear, Assystem, Atkins and Sellafield, NSG recently delivered one of the programme’s masterclass sessions, which focused on radioactive sludge retrieval equipment. Although the programme is still ongoing, early feedback from the NSG masterclass was that it was “incredibly informative” and it helped the students understand what technologies are available.

NSG Awarded Major Strategic Works Contract

NSG Environmental Ltd is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract by a key defence client to carry out a programme of strategic works at a UK nuclear licensed site.

The programme comprises ten individual projects which will commence in September of this year. In total, NSG will be responsible for more than 50 interventions in numerous areas and will also carry out additional isolation works and welfare area refurbishment packages. Prior to the contract being awarded, NSG worked closely with the key client to develop the initial concept into an overall programme approach.

The contract is worth approximately £9m over its 14-month duration and will play an important role in the continued growth and success of NSG’s Projects South division and the company as a whole.

NSG Welcomes Supply Chain’s Novel Treatment Solutions as Part of LLWR Framework

NSG Environmental Ltd is delighted to announce it has been selected as the sole supplier on Lot 4 of LLW Repository Ltd’s Expert Support and Alternative Treatment Solutions Framework.

An aerial view of the Low Level Waste Repository in West Cumbria

Lot 4, formally entitled Alternative Treatment Solutions, comprises the identification, exploration and implementation of new and alternative treatment solutions for radioactive waste management, including problematic waste streams, other complex waste streams, delivery of trials and solution deployment. Lot 4 has an anticipated value of up to £10m and a duration of four years.

To deliver maximum value to LLWR, NSG welcomes interactions with supply chain partners that believe they can offer new and alternative treatment solutions to the industry’s problematic and complex waste streams. To discuss the possibility of working with NSG or for more information on the framework scope, please contact James.Rudd@nsgltd.com.

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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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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

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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