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Güdel technology helps keep nuclear decommissioning on track

05 November 2018

Gu¨del linear motion technology is widely recognised as a robust and reliable solution for some of industry’s most diverse applications. It is really no surprise therefore to find an example of the company’s TMF 4 robot track playing an important role in helping to decommission the Winfrith SGHWR (Steam Generating Heavy Water Reactor).

Winfrith is located on a 129-hectare site of special scientific interest in the heart of the Dorset countryside. Constructed in the 1950’s, Winfrith provided vital research into reactor design. Of the original nine unique and experimental reactors only two remain: Dragon, a helium cooled reactor and the Steam Generating Heavy Water Reactor, the only one of Winfrith’s reactors to supply power to the national grid.

In the summer of 2016, James Fisher Nuclear (JFN) tendered for and secured a prestigious £ Multi-Million contract with Magnox, working on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, to remotely segment the SGHWR reactor and handle the resultant waste packages. In the interim period, JFN has been engaging closely with its supply chain to identify a mixture of commercial off the shelf (COTS) and bespoke equipment to determine the optimum solution for this project.

Read the full article in the November issue of DPA

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