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Magnox Berkeley Active Waste Vault Crane

Decommissioning a nuclear power plant is a long term project with many phases. Often, radioactive material will need to be temporarily transported and securely stored for periods of time before further processing can commence.

The Challenge

As part of the decommissioning of Berkeley Nuclear Power Station, a method of transporting intermediate-level waste (ILW) storage skips into the restrictive and compact dimensions of a specially designated buffer store facility was required.

The limited headroom and storage channel depths of 10m required a purpose-built solution that could transport the stackable skips of contaminated material safely and securely.

The Solution

SCX engineered, built, and installed a 7-tonne SWL crane to collect and store the active waste skips.

This semi-automated mechanical handling system features an ultra-low profile hoist unit, enabling the system to operate within the confined space, while its bespoke grab delivers safe stacking and recovery of the loads within the deep channels.

Technical Details

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