NSG Wins RoSPA Sector Award

NSG Environmental Ltd is delighted to announce that it has won the RoSPA Sector Award for Research & Development at the 60th annual RoSPA Awards in Birmingham on Thursday 14 July.

The accolade, awarded to NSG for demonstrating a robust and high quality safety management system together with many years of continuously improving health and safety performance, is the company’s 14th consecutive RoSPA Award.

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

I am proud to accept this award on behalf of the team, whose passion and collaboration has made this outstanding achievement possible. 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.

The award caps off an outstanding year of health and safety achievements for the company, following on from Five Star accreditation and a Sword of Honour from the British Safety Council, as well as surpassing 2,000,000 consecutive hours without a RIDDOR incident.

Company Announcement

NSG Environmental Ltd is delighted to announce the appointment of Jim Porter as Managing Director with immediate effect.

Jim has been with NSG for over 25 years and has played a key role in the development of the company. For the last nine of those years, Jim occupied the role of Director of Science and Technology, during which time the business area experienced a period of sustained growth, before being appointed Deputy Managing Director in May of last year.

Jim succeeds John Morris, who has successfully led NSG for over eight years and will continue his involvement with the company as a member of the NIS Holdings board. John is now responsible for developing efficiencies by ensuring closer working relations between the Group companies and driving cultural change to improve performance.

NSG Awarded Contract for NDA DRP Framework

NSG is delighted to announce it has secured a position on the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s Direct Research Portfolio Lot B framework.

This framework will enable the NDA to receive support in meeting their research and development needs that arise from some of the most complex science and engineering challenges in the field of radioactive waste management, site decommissioning and restoration. The value of this work is likely to exceed £12m over a four-year period.

NSG brought together a team of specialist SMEs, research organisations and universities, and several large international companies to meet the NDA’s technical requirements. This collaborative approach offers the benefits of an established group of innovative SMEs and hands-on decommissioning and restoration organisations to meet the NDA’s research needs.

The team, which will operate under the name Unity2, consists of the following companies and institutions: NSG Environmental Ltd (lead), Quintessa, REACT Engineering, KDC, Tradebe, Synergy Health, AECOM, Oxford Technologies, ARC, ESG, Nuclear AMRC, NPL, Loughborough University, University of Surrey and University of Manchester.

NSG Support Seascale School’s Bright Stars

On Friday 5 February, NSG Environmental Ltd were delighted to support Seascale School Enterprise Club’s car wash at LLW Repository Ltd’s Pelham House office in Seascale.

The event, organised for the Centre for Leadership Performance’s Bright Stars competition, was a great success and the children raised £192.42.

The Enterprise Club also held a hot chocolate sale in January, raising over £100, and will be holding a Valentine’s Day-themed disco later this week. At the end of the competition, the total monies raised will be split between the school and their nominated charities, Water Aid and Seascale Community Beach Park Project.

Alison Ashton, Assistant Headteacher at Seascale School and leader of the Enterprise Club, commented:

The support from NSG has been fantastic and we are thrilled to have been paired with them on this project for the second year. The ongoing support and the relationships built between NSG and our school has enthused the children and meant that our 2016 project is off to a flying start! The children are loving every minute of Bright Stars!

NSG look forward to supporting the school again in the near future.

NIS Group Commits to Women in Nuclear

NSG Environmental Ltd, NIS Ltd and Hold Engineering Ltd (HEL) have shown their continued commitment to Women in Nuclear (WiN) UK by signing the WiN Industry Charter for gender balance in the UK nuclear industry.

WiN UK was formed in early 2014 with a mission to address the industry’s gender balance, improve the representation of women in leadership and to engage with the public on nuclear issues. By signing the charter, NSG, NIS and HEL have pledged to:

  • Acknowledge that the nuclear sector cannot reach its full potential without maximising the talents of all.
  • Acknowledge that advancing equality and inclusivity demands commitment and action from all levels of the organisation and in particular active leadership from those in senior roles.
  • Commit to identifying and removing the obstacles faced by women and other underrepresented groups.
  • Commit to prioritise action to remove barriers to flexible working across the nuclear industry for all types of work and at all levels.

Gill Marsden, Director at NIS, commented:

Having worked in the nuclear industry for almost thirty years, I am all too aware of just how male-dominated our industry has been, and how great the challenge is to create a more balanced and diverse workforce for the future. We have been active supporters of WiN since its conception and we will continue to do whatever we can to assist in attracting and retaining women in this exciting and rewarding industry.

NSG Wins NDA Innovation Award

NSG Environmental Ltd is delighted to announce that it has won the SME Innovation award at the annual NDA Estate Supply Chain Awards, which took place on Wednesday 4 November at EventCity in Manchester. The award recognises NSG’s success in supporting Magnox in the development of a simple and robust cost-effective solution based on the novel combination of a cement and organic matrix to recover and solidify contaminated water from Harwell’s ILW storage tubes.

Following on from scoping studies undertaken by Magnox at the Harwell site, NSG applied their knowledge and experience of cement-based systems and polymeric absorbents to develop a suitable product. This involved defining the key parameters essential to both operational performance of the product and information required to support a modification of the extant letter of compliance (LoC). The application was very novel; the use of a combined inorganic (cement) and organic (Nochar 960) matrix for water recovery applications had not been attempted before, nor had it been previously endorsed for disposal.

NSG undertook a series of trials that explored a range of cement products and formulation ratios that optimised operational performance in terms of water absorbed and curing time. This involved close liaison with supply chain partners Nochar and Rutpen, who provided a range of bag geometries, from which a subset were identified as ideal. Using its in-depth knowledge of the LoC process and requirements for disposability, NSG prepared an addendum to the extant LoC, which made the case for use of the product in water recovery operations and also for disposal via Harwell’s already established processes. This was endorsed by Radioactive Waste Management Ltd with few comments or clarifications required.

The support provided by NSG helped to facilitate the use of existing equipment and infrastructure, which eliminated the need for a significant amount of additional engineering to develop equipment to retrieve and encapsulate the waste remotely. Over a period of 12 months, savings were realised on a ‘critical path’ waste retrieval operation, along with over £10m in project costs. The solution was implemented in October 2014. Since then, over 1500 bags have been successfully deployed and processed.

In addition to the award, NSG’s project partners Rutpen and Stuart Wilson of Magnox were also Highly Commended in the same category for their valuable contributions to the project.

NSG Awarded Prestigious Health and Safety Award

NSG Environmental Ltd is delighted to announce it has won a prestigious Sword of Honour from the British Safety Council. The nuclear decommissioning and waste management company was one of 61 organisations worldwide that achieved a Sword of Honour, which is awarded to organisations who have demonstrated excellence in the management of health and safety risks at work.

In order to compete for the Sword of Honour, NSG first had to achieve the maximum five stars in the British Safety Council’s Five Star Occupational Health and Safety Audit, which they accomplished in May of this year. They also demonstrated to an independent panel of experts that they are excellent in their health and safety management throughout the business — from the shop floor to the boardroom.

Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, said:

Our warmest congratulations to our member organisations who have won the Sword of Honour. This award recognises and celebrates the excellence of the winning organisations and their employees in managing health and safety risks. All of the Sword of Honour winning organisations share a commitment and resolve to achieving the highest standards of health and safety management. We are delighted that they are partners in helping achieve our vision that no one should be injured or made ill at work.

Major Milestone Achieved at LLWR

A major skyline change is under way at the Low Level Waste Repository (LLWR) in West Cumbria. As the preferred partner on the PCM Decommissioning and Demolition contract and in collaboration with LLW Repository Ltd and KDC, the Drigg-based NSG site team have safely completed the demolition of the Magazine 4 Retrieval Facility (MRF), a fixture at the site since the 1990s.

Magazine 4 is the first of five remaining MRFs to be demolished, with soil removed from the top of the magazine structure, erection of an environmental barrier at the magazine entrance and the removal off site of all remaining waste. The team have proven the demolition method for the MRF and the method will be reviewed as part of the post-project review to identify any improvements and efficiencies for future demolition phases.

MRFs are purpose-built engineered facilities, constructed to allow the retrieval of plutonium contaminated materials (PCM) from magazines before decommissioning and demolition could begin. All remaining magazines on the site will be demolished, in time, to make way for future vaults.

NSG Sets the Standard for Safety

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the British Safety Council Five Star accreditation, which sets the standard for excellence in occupational health and safety.

Utilising extensive worldwide industry experience and acknowledging aspects of internationally recognised occupational health and safety management system frameworks, the British Safety Council Five Star Audit objectively evaluates health and safety systems and arrangements against current best practice techniques.

The process involved an in-depth examination of our entire health and safety management system and associated arrangements, focusing on the key aspects of our approach to managing occupational health and safety in the workplace. Following the assessment, the British Safety Council auditor commented: “Other companies will have to raise the bar to match the standards set by NSG.”

We are also delighted to announce that we have exceeded two-million consecutive working hours without a RIDDOR event. This fantastic achievement equates to over seven years of safe working across all sites, with all members of staff contributing and embracing our safety culture.

NSG Highly Commended at NDA Awards

We are delighted to announce that we have been Highly Commended at the NDA Estate Supply Chain Awards, which took place on Thursday 6 November at EventCity in Manchester. The commendation, in the category ‘Best application of an innovative solution(s) with tangible savings/benefits’, recognises NSG’s success at Magnox Berkeley with the bulk retrieval of ILW sludge and resin from storage tanks in the Caesium Removal Plant.

NSG were contracted by Magnox to design, install and commission a system capable of successfully retrieving the historic waste from the storage tanks into ductile cast iron containers (DCICs). NSG proposed an innovative system of pneumatic conveying based on an off-the-shelf system that had previously been used for transferring other media with similar properties at NSG’s head office. The availability of this equipment and NSG’s ‘can do’ attitude led to appropriately robust documentation produced for active site retrieval trials. Following trials, the NSG site team ensured completion of the project lifecycle through successful on-site operation, paving the way for the demolition of the redundant building.

We are also delighted to announce that Give2Gain has won the award for ‘Best supply chain collaboration’. Give2Gain is a skills development programme headed by NSG’s sister company NIS Ltd on behalf of 30 companies, including NSG, and coordinated through the National Skills Academy for Nuclear. Gill Marsden, Business Development and Project Delivery Director at NIS, collected the award on behalf of the team.