Corporate report

Sellafield Ltd publishes 2017/18 Annual Review of Performance

Sellafield Ltd has celebrated a year of progress in its mission to solve one of the world's most complex decommissioning challenges.


Cleaning up Sellafield - Annual Review 2017/18

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The company, a subsidiary of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), is responsible for the 100 year programme to clean up the Sellafield nuclear site, in Cumbria.

Its Annual Review of Performance 2017/18, published today, details a year of achievement in the hazard and risk reduction programme at the UK’s largest and most complex nuclear site.

Highlights include:

  • completion of a programme to cut access holes into the Pile Fuel Cladding Silo, allowing access to its full waste inventory for the first time
  • start of demolition work on one of the site’s tallest chimneys
  • installation of the first waste retrieval machine in the Magnox Swarf Storage Silo, bringing waste retrievals a step closer
  • construction and opening of a new store for intermediate level waste
  • switching on of a new evaporator for highly active liquor

Paul Foster, chief executive officer, Sellafield Ltd, said:

With the support of our workforce, supply chain, regulators, stakeholders, and community, we are making excellent progress towards our goal of making Sellafield safer, sooner.

We’re also on track to deliver challenging efficiency savings while creating new opportunities for our employees and helping to build a diverse and sustainable local economy.

This momentum is being maintained into 2018/19 as we build towards the successful completion of reprocessing operations at the Thorp plant, which will represent a watershed moment in Sellafield’s history.

The Government underlined its commitment to the nuclear industry during 2017/18 with the publication of the Nuclear Sector Deal.

A partnership between the public and private sectors, it aims to keep nuclear cost-competitive and sets a target of 40 per cent female participation in the industry by 2030.

Mr Foster added:

We welcome the Nuclear Sector Deal, particularly its commitments to a gender-balanced workforce and ensuring decommissioning costs remain affordable. We look forward to playing our part.

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Published 2 October 2018