High integrity dampers help with Sellafield decommissioning

Following our successful work on a variety of Sellafield projects (specifically SAV and EVAP D for those in the know), we’re proud to announce that we are currently manufacturing various high integrity dampers for the BEPPS DIF program.

This scheme was fist envisaged back in 1997 as a nuclear waste storage facility at the massive nuclear site. The project stalled, evidently, only to be brought back to life recently thanks to a bid from M+W Group, based in Stuttgart, working with Cumbrian firm James Fisher & Sons as civil engineering contractor and Flamgard Calidair as its high integrity damper specialist.

The project’s complete title is the Box Encapsulation Plant Product Store and Comprehensive Import Export Facility and it’s perfectly descriptive of what the build will entail. Flamgard will be providing nuclear-grade dampers for the HVAC systems. The company’s processes include welding to BS EN ISO 9606-1 (to which our welders are qualified) and BS EN ISO 15614-1 (to which are welding procedures are accredited), in addition to product manufacture processes which meet EN 1751 and NORSOK standards.

“This £150m project will enhance Sellafield’s capabilities to manage potentially very hazardous nuclear waste,” explains Flamgard Calidair’s managing director, Steve Edwards. “For us it’s a sign of great recognition in our industry, that we’re the serious player in this sector and the ‘safe pair of hands’ that contractors can rely on when there is no margin for error.”

M+W Group describes the scheme: “Sellafield is Europe’s most complex nuclear site, and by far the largest in the UK. It is entering an important phase of decommissioning including emptying and demolishing some of the most difficult and complex nuclear buildings in the world.”

The site will be used for storage of Intermediate Level Waste (ILW) and is an important step towards helping the process of decommissioning of the UK’s nuclear legacy.

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