A Babcock and Bechtel joint venture – Bechtel Babcock Nuclear Solutions (BBNS) – has been awarded the contract for the Pile Fuel Cladding Silo Retrieval Project, Silo Doors & Retrieval Modules (SDRM) by the UK's Sellafield Ltd.
Retrieval of the fuel cladding and other intermediate level waste from the Pile Fuel Cladding Silo is a high priority project for Sellafield Ltd, the company responsible for safely delivering decommissioning, reprocessing, nuclear waste management and fuel manufacturing activities on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
Babcock has direct experience of the SDRM preliminary design from its work in the Accord Alliance, as well as the Box Encapsulation Plant Product Store (BEPPS), giving it a full understanding of how the SDRMs fit into the Pile Fuel Cladding Silo programme.
The SDRM contract covers detail design, procurement, manufacture, works testing, delivery to site, installation and commissioning of silo doors and retrieval and waste handling modules, together with a hole cutting system.
The project, with a total expected value of GBP120-150m ($197-246m), involves three phases over a period of around six years. Phase 1, starting almost immediately and lasting six months, will involve mobilization and project familiarization.
Phase 2, starting in the autumn of 2011 will see completion of the design, specifications, procurement packages and safety case support. This will be followed by Phase 3 covering procurement, manufacture, works testing, construction, installation and commissioning.