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Steelwork aids nuclear decommissioning

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The decommissioning of Magnox gas cooled nuclear reactors throughout the country is well under way, and steelwork contractor Caunton Engineering is playing a major role.

The steelwork framing for two major interim storage facilities (ISFs) has now been completed, one at Chapelcross in Annan, and one at Hinkley Point in Somerset.

Caunton has designed, fabricated and erected 200t of steelwork for Chapelcross (pictured) and a further 300t of steelwork for Hinkley.

The company’s secondary steel division supplied ancillary walkways, stairs, and ladders to complement both the main structures.

These highly-engineered industrial grade interim storage facilities offer protection for Intermediate Level Waste (ILW) containers until the geological disposal facility is available.

Caunton has been working for Interserve, the international support services and construction group, who were appointed as the sole Tier 2 contractor to design and build these ISF’s.

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