An eight year removal project, on what is thought to be the largest known asbestos strip in Europe, has been completed a year ahead of schedule, for Magnox, by OCS Environmental Services at Chapelcross Site. Chapelcross, Scotland’s first commercial nuclear station, built on a 92 hectare site in Dumfriesshire, ceased generation in 2004 after 45 years of operation. Magnox, owned and operated by Cavendish Fluor Partnership, organises decommissioning projects into defined, safe and efficient work programmes on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
Since the project began in 2007, OCS Environmental Services has stripped 3,300 tonnes of asbestos from the turbine hall, four reactor buildings and 16 heat exchangers. In the last eight years over one million bags of asbestos waste - enough to fill four Olympic sized swimming pools - have been safely removed from the site and dispatched to licensed landfill sites.
Chapelcross site director John Grierson said: “This is a tremendous achievement for Chapelcross and OCS Environmental Services. The safe, early and cost efficient delivery is testament to the quality of the people working on this project. It is a major milestone in moving the site towards a care and maintenance state and demonstrates our commitment to excellence in nuclear decommissioning.”
Bob Taylor, OCS CEO UK Public Sector Healthcare and Infrastructure, commented: “I congratulate the team who have worked on this major project, which demonstrates OCS Environmental Services capability to work in demanding environments with the scale, skills, resources and expertise to provide a timely, safe, and added value service.”