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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)
£2,111 million

 * 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.


Year Key Activities
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