Sellafield Ltd has awarded NuVision Engineering a £6.5 million development contract as part of its ongoing decommissioning work.
NuVision will test a sludge mobilisation system to be installed in the new sludge packaging plant (SPP1) currently under construction.
Head of projects sludge retrieval and processing, Dorothy Gradden said: “This is a very important project and we’re delighted to have NuVision Engineering on board. The new SPP1 Plant is a critical project to decommission one of the legacy plants that Sellafield Ltd is committed to cleaning up in the earliest possible timescales.
The SPP1 is being built to hydraulically receive over 1,200 cu m - equivalent to a half-full Olympic-sized swimming pool - of legacy sludge from the first generation magnox storage pond.
The plant will comprise three stainless steel buffer storage vessels to contain the sludge, allowing it to decant and settle. This will enable the sludge to be properly processed and disposed of.
The main civil build at Sellafield is forecast to be complete by September with closure of tank access openings by September 2012.