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Hunterston Nuclear SAWBR Facility – ILW Nirex Box Handling Crane

SCX Special Projects designed and installed a 10 tonne crane for handling 3m3 Nirex boxes containing intermediate level waste (ILW) at the SAWBR (Solid Active Waste Building Retrieval) facility at Hunterston A Nuclear Power Station in Scotland.

The Challenge

The empty Nirex boxes arrive at the building on an import wagon, where they must then be transported into and around the facility through a series of shield doors.

They are then filled, sealed, swabbed and, once verified free of external contamination, must be accurately deposited into a cross-site transport (XST) vehicle in order to be removed from the facility and taken to a purpose built ILW store.


The Solution

This project enabled SCX Special Projects to develop a modular crane design for use in the handling of nuclear ILW packages in both process plant applications and long-term storage solutions throughout the nuclear decommissioning arena.

The system incorporates integrated back-up recovery systems for all motions to ensure safe package delivery in the unlikely event of an operations failure.

Technical Details

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