The UK government is undertaking the challenging job of cleaning up decades' worth of accumulated waste from nuclear research and production. A Bechtel joint venture partnered with the UK to perform critical nuclear-waste work at the Sellafield nuclear site in northwest England, all aimed at improving the environment for future generations.
The Pile Fuel Cladding Silo is a six-story structure with chambers that hold radioactive waste and other debris. It's known as one of Europe's most hazardous buildings. Bechtel Cavendish Nuclear Solutions designed, fabricated, installed, and commissioned silo doors and remote-operated waste retrieval and handling modules for the Pile Fuel Cladding Silo Retrieval project under contract to Sellafield Ltd. The project is part of a UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority program to decommission nuclear storage facilities dating to the early 1950s.
The ultimate goal is to deliver a system that will allow Sellafield to retrieve the waste, package it safely, and dispose of it permanently.