Retrieval Modules Moved into Position at Sellafield Silo

A series of large, metal units housing the equipment needed to empty one of the world’s oldest nuclear waste stores at Sellafield Nuclear site has been hoisted into position in preparation for the first retrieval operation.

The lifting operation in the tightly confined space around the Pile Fuel Cladding Silo at Sellafield marks the latest phase of one of the most challenging nuclear decommissioning projects ever undertaken in the UK.

The modules fit together to form the process needed to safely remove solid radioactive waste from the 18-metre high ‘locked vault’ which was built with no thought of ever being emptied in the dawn of Britain’s atomic age in the early 1950s.


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