Thorp was built in the 1980s to reprocess spent fuel from nuclear reactors in the UK and overseas. Its reprocessing operations end in November this year, when all outstanding contracts are completed. After this, it will continue to receive and safely store fuel from reactors around the country.
The systems scheduled for replacement consist of a range of mechanical handling equipment used to move fuel throughout the facility for reprocessing. Due to the complexity of the upgrades and to ensure due diligence, the six systems are being upgraded one-by-one, with the first being the facility’s Inlet Pond Handler (IPH). It was on this IPH that Servelec Controls successfully undertook Phase 1 of the project in 2016, completing option engineering and requirements definitions for the upgrade. This new contract award for Phase 2 covers the design, implementation, delivery and commissioning support of the IPH replacement control system works.
William Hudson, Sellafield Project Manager said: “We have a very clear mission to deliver at Sellafield. Our task is to reduce the risks and hazards associated with our legacy facilities, to continue to safely manage nuclear materials and waste, and to complete our reprocessing contracts; all while keeping the site safe and secure. This involves treating our suppliers as partners, and as such we ensure that we chose partners that meet the high standards that should be expected in the nuclear industry.”