Huddersfield-based Centurion Fire & Security Ltd has announced that it played a significant part in the construction of the £480m Sellafield Waste Silos decommissioning plant.
The 12-year project is set to decommission six nuclear waste silos which were built in the 1940s to house hazardous materials from the Second World War. For over 50 years, the nuclear waste silos at the Sellafield plant have contained some of the most hazardous waste in Europe. Constructed in an era when things were done quickly, with little long-term planning, the silos require emptying in a safe manner, in an environment which is unfit for humans.
A complex robot system has therefore been built to extract the waste. The highly hazardous environment requires careful supervision by the equipment operators, which is only possible via a network of CCTV cameras – a project which Huddersfield-based Centurion designed and built, in a £1.5m contract.
David Armstrong, founder of Centurion, said: “We are extremely proud to have worked on this major and complex system, working to and achieving the very high standards that were required of us. This scheme provided us with the experience to work on similar nuclear projects in the future.”
The Sellafield decommissioning scheme is set to be completed by 2030 at a total cost of £1billion.