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Work on Dounreay’s newest storage facility for radioactive waste was increased by one floor last week with the completion of a “mega” concrete casting

The panel on the first floor of the new radioactive waste storage facility is now complete

The construction project was one of the first to start on 22 June resumed work after the lockdown restrictions were relaxed.The 60-strong team had to learn COVID-19-compliant working methods, sometimes in close proximity to each other to protect themselves and their colleagues on site500 tons of concrete poured and the building walls have now risen above the level of the first floor

Last week, the team started with the largest concrete pour on the project to date and spent 9 hours laying the floor slab in the crane maintenance bay (CMB) on the first floor of the building 27 trucks delivered 425 tons of concrete. A night shift did the job early in the morning

Dave Busby, project manager at Dounreay, said pouring the CMB floor slab was a major milestone for the construction as the team could install the 170 ton CMB screen door early next year

The team has overcome significant obstacles this year and is COVID-19 compliant as it continues to work on the pandemic

Dounreay awarded the contract to GRAHAM Construction Ltd to build the new mid-level waste storage facility. Work began in 2018 and is expected to take around three years. It will keep waste drums in safe long-term storage in accordance with Scottish Government policy

Dounreay is Scotland’s largest nuclear decommissioning project and is considered one of the most complex nuclear closure programs in Europe.The work is being carried out by DSRL, a Cavendish Dounreay Partnership company, on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

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