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Dounreay is located in Caithness, Scotland and has a total site area of 74 hectares. It was established in the mid-1950s as a research reactor site with fuel production and processing facilities. There were three reactors, the last of which ceased operation in 1994.
Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL) is the Site Licence Company (SLC) that manages and operates, on behalf of the NDA, Dounreay site. We competed a contract for a Parent Body Organisation (PBO) to provide the vision for the optimal accomplishment of Dounreay site's mission. On 2 April 2012, Babcock Dounreay Partnership, comprising Babcock Nuclear Services Ltd, CH2M Hill International Nuclear Services Ltd and URS International Holdings (UK) Ltd, were awarded the contract. This PBO has seconded key personnel to form the SLC's senior leadership team to deliver that vision, driving to attain best value for money while maintaining mandatory standards of safety, security and environmental performance.
|Age||Operated from 1950s - 1994|
|Site Licensee||Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd|
|Parent Body Organisation||Babcock Dounreay Partnership|
|Status||Decommissioning and Termination|
|Cost - Lifetime
(total discounted* nuclear liability)
* The costs of discharging the nuclear liability will be incurred over a significant period of time. To take account of the time value of money, the costs are "discounted" back to a present value. Effectively this is the amount that would need to be invested today, at a set rate of interest (the discount rate) in order to pay for the liability in the future as it falls due.
|2039||Interim State achieved|
|2034||PFR facility decommissioning complete|
|2032||All ILW removed from shaft|
|2029||All NaK residues removed from DFR|
|2014||LLW facilities commence operations|
|2012||Bulk NaK destruction complete|
|2010||Major hazard eliminated|
|2009||'Reactorsauraus' to tear Dounreay apart|
|2009||Dounreay says goodbye to largest hazard|
|2008||Shaft clean-up nominated for top award|
|2006||An innovative approach to isolate the Dounreay Shaft|