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Collaboration to support nuclear decommissioning

Funding highlights the significant opportunity of nuclear energy in achieving climate targets

The collaboration between nuclear companies, national laboratories, global cross-sector corporations, UK universities and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is key to realising the potential opportunity for nuclear energy to underpin the UK’s commitment to achieving net-zero.

Three new R&D contracts have been awarded, to look for innovative solutions to the technical challenges of delivering the National Decommissioning Authority’s decommissioning mission. This funding means the UK has a huge opportunity to unlock thousands of green jobs by developing the next generation of nuclear energy technology.

Experts from NPL will be working alongside the National Nuclear Laboratory, Frazer-Nash Consulting Ltd and Arup to ensure the development of key technical skills required to deliver decommissioning plans and provide fundamental understanding of underpinning science and engineering of key processes. 

Cyrus Larijani, Strategic Business Development Manager, NPL stated: “NPL are delighted to once again be part of the NDA framework for a further four years. This work builds on previous successful projects collaborating with supply chain and across a breadth of NPL capability such as nuclear metrology, temperature metrology, electrochemistry and materials testing. Often bringing different disciplines together to address the innovation solutions required to deliver the measurement solutions required to address nuclear decommissioning in the UK.”

NPL’s wider work in this area supports both the routine generation of nuclear power and the decommissioning of redundant nuclear plants, safeguarding the public and environment. In order to reclaim areas of land previously used for nuclear facilities, the hazardous radioactive material must be accurately characterised and safely stored or disposed of.


14 Aug 2020