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2013 Vol 3 No 1
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the successful transfer into the building of the third and final Buffer Storage Vessel (BSV) for the Sellafield Sludge Packaging Plant 1 (SPP1) project. Final Buffer Storage Vessel for Sellafield Sludge Packaging Plant

Construction of a new waste plant at Sellafield Ltd has taken a major step forward following the successful transfer into the building of the third and final Buffer Storage Vessel (BSV) for the Sellafield Sludge Packaging Plant 1 (SPP1) project.

The vessel, one of the largest stainless steel fabrications assembled on the site since the 1980s, is one of three vessels which will hydraulically receive legacy sludge from the First Generation Magnox Storage Pond (FGMSP).

The FGMSP is one of the priority decommissioning projects at Sellafield. It was originally built to store, cool and prepare Magnox fuel for reprocessing. The legacy sludge has to be retrieved from the pond floor to allow the pond to be emptied of nuclear fuel and the facility decommissioned.

The enormous vessel is made of thick stainless steel and weighs 240 tonnes. The welding of the tank involved over 2000 metres of weld run, which is radiographed to ensure that the vessel will have the required integrity.

Karl Mason, project manager, Sellafield Ltd, said: “We are committed to accelerating decommissioning at Sellafield as part of our commitment to high hazard reduction.

“Assembly and welding of this third and final vessel incorporated 'learning from experience' gained from work carried out on the previous two vessels. This enabled the project team to complete the vessel in six months, compared to 12 months for the first vessel we completed in February 2012.

“Our contractors Doosan Energy and Balfour Beatty delivered a quality product.”

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