Decommissioning Dounreay Nuclear Site
The decommissioning of the Dounreay nuclear fast reactor research and development facility, first established in Caithness in the 1950s as the world’s first fast breeder reactor site, is now well underway.
The decommissioning programme is set out in a document called the Lifetime Plan which details the scope of the work schedule and its cost. The plan also identifies the manpower needed to see the clean-up through to completion.
Details of the Lifetime Plan and the site licence company – Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL) can be accessed on Dounreay’s website.
The contract to decommission the Dounreay site to an interim end state was secured by Cavendish Dounreay Partnership, a consortium consisting of Cavendish Nuclear, CH2M HILL and URS. The decommissioning programme is now on an accelerated schedule and is expected to be completed by the year 2030 - 2033.