Bechtel Gets Extension for Sellafield Pile Fuel Cladding Project
Sellafield Ltd. has awarded Bechtel Cavendish Nuclear Solutions a two-year contract extension and added work to the Pile Fuel Cladding Silo project at the UK’s Sellafield Site in northern England. The team has been on the project since 2012, designing and installing access doors and remote-handling equipment to retrieve decades-old nuclear waste from sealed compartments in a building described as one of Europe’s most hazardous.
The waste consists of 3,200 cubic meters of radioactive cladding – pieces of metal tubes used for uranium fuel rods in some of the UK’s earliest nuclear reactors. The mission of the PFCS project is to deliver a system that allows Sellafield to retrieve the waste, package it safely, and dispose of it permanently.
The new scope calls for:
1. Procurement, manufacture, preparation, installation, and commissioning of additional equipment to allow Sellafield to retrieve waste from the remaining five silo compartments, once the first compartment has been emptied;
2. Extension and growth of off-site testing facilities, to develop future systems for use on the retrievals plant; and
3. Wstablishment of a new, centralized control building for all silo monitoring and waste retrieval operations.
Cavendish Nuclear, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Babcock International Group, is a leading nuclear services company.