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Hunterston Nuclear Power Station – Magnox ILW Handling Solutions

Aerospace, Nuclear & Defence

The Challenge

The Magnox plant at Hunterston required high-integrity mechanical handling solutions for the safe and reliable retrieval, manipulation, packaging and transport of Intermediate Level Waste (ILW).

Various waste boxes and drums, each posing their own unique challenges, needed to be handled in a manner that met demanding Safety Cases. And all in processing environments that carry operator exposure risks, so automation and remote control were a prerequisite.

The Solution

SCX designed, built, tested and installed three handling solutions, each tailored to the differing requirements of Hunterston’s ILW packages and their processing environments.

Each crane has a bespoke motorised rotating grapple, with one carrying a remote-controlled mast for entering ILW sludge ponds to safely retrieve and package waste materials. The cranes demonstrate our capability to engineer and deliver safe, reliable handling solutions for nuclear-licensed sites.

Technical Details

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