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Wood supports transatlantic transfer of nuclear material

07 May 2019

Wood, the global engineering and technical services company, designed, built and commissioned equipment and facilities used to repackage nuclear material so that it could be flown across the Atlantic.

The UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and the USA’s National Nuclear Security Administration announced the successful completion of the export programme on Friday.

A suite of bespoke gloveboxes was built within a purpose-built, seismically qualified structure inside an existing facility, so that the highly enriched uranium could be handled safely within a controlled environment at the Dounreay nuclear site in Scotland, UK.

Working with the team at site operators Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd, Wood was responsible for all aspects of the engineering including process, civil, HVAC and control and instrumentation design. The company’s criticality and shielding team carried out hundreds of software calculations to demonstrate process safety covering both radiation protection and criticality.

Andy White, vice president (decommissioning) at Wood, said:

“Wood and its partners in the UK’s nuclear supply chain rose to this technically demanding challenge and we are proud to see that the programme has reached a successful conclusion.”

Manufacturing of the gloveboxes was supported by Wood’s partners: Caithness-based Gow’s Lybster Ltd, Hampshire-based Aquila Nuclear Engineering and Oldham-based Universal Fabrications (North West) Ltd.



Note to Editors:

Wood is a global leader in the delivery of project, engineering and technical services in energy, industry, and the built environment. We operate in more than 60 countries, employing around 60,000 people, with revenues of around $11 billion. We provide performance-driven solutions throughout the asset life cycle, from concept to decommissioning across a broad range of industrial markets, including the upstream, midstream and downstream oil & gas; power & process; environment and infrastructure; clean energy; mining; nuclear and general industrial sectors.   

Once the UK’s centre of fast reactor research, Dounreay is now Scotland’s largest decommissioning project. The site is managed by Dounreay Site Restoration Limited on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

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