Divers Used to Clean Former Cooling Ponds at Dungeness A

By Editors of Power Engineering

In a first for nuclear decommissioning in the UK, divers are being used to clean up the former cooling ponds at Site A of the Dungeness Nuclear Power Station in the southeast of Kent, England.

Magnox Ltd will cut up the pond skips once used to store used nuclear fuel, packaging them for disposal. The work will be completed underwater, a decision that provides further radiation protection for the workers, while also protecting against potential airborne contamination.

The skips, which are classified as intermediate-level nuclear waste, will be stored in waste containers within a shielded storage area onsite while they await interim storage.

Work is expected to be complete in early 2017.

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