Sellafield has decommissioned its Caesium Extraction Plant (CEP), which was built in the 1950s to manufacture radioactive sources for cancer treatment, it announced today.
The plant was shut down in the late 1950s following operational problems. It was later discovered that radiation levels within the plant made entry unsafe and the building structure was weak.
Off-the-shelf tooling was used on the plant along with remote dismantling techniques. This reduced the radiation dose to the workforce and saved money, said Sellafield.
“This ends a 10-year programme of decommissioning, removing redundant plant and clearing what was a highly contaminated legacy facility,” said CEP delivery manager Andrew MacPherson. “It’s also the very first decommissioning project to be completed fully remotely on the Sellafield site.