Sellafield Magazine: issue 7 -

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Editor's Letter

Editor’s Letter his issue of Sellafield Magazine comes later than originally advertised. As a publicly funded organisation we minimised our communication activity in the run up to the General Election in June. It is our home within the civil service and as a subsidiary of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority that prompted another highlight from the last few months. Our digital home has moved. We are now part of the GOV.UK platform. You can read more about the transition of our website on page 63 and don’t forget to save our new address to your favourites: We have been busy since our last issue so our pages are bursting with stories about the progress we are making on the Sellafield site. You can read about the doors we have installed into the side of an old waste silo on page 54; about the robots our supply chain partner Forth Engineering have developed to help us complete radiological surveys on page 12; and find out everything you need to know about our Site Ion Exchange Plant in the latest of our ‘In Focus’ series on page 50. At a corporate level, we have published our new strategy as well as our transformation plan. Together they provide an overview of our direction and our approach to fundamental and far-reaching changes in our organisation. We face some of the most demanding challenges in the nuclear industry, and some of the greatest change and opportunity in our history. Find out more on page 38. Elsewhere in this issue you can see Sellafield through the eyes of a group of students who have grown up on the site’s doorstep. The group from Westlakes Academy researched the site before producing their own article on ‘things I never knew about Sellafield’. Meet the group and read winner Hannah Clarkson’s article on page 70. If there are any topics that you would like us to cover in future issues of Sellafield Magazine, email [email protected]


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On the cover Studying the natural world inspired Forth Engineering to develop a colony of robotic ants that are helping us to map radiological environments at Sellafield.



Contents Ten years of Sellafield Ltd A decade of delivery


Corporate strategy An overview of our new corporate strategy


Transforming Sellafield Meet our new Transformation Director

Health Physics Advances in monitoring equipment


A dog’s life Meet our canine colleagues

PHOTO FEATURE One Sellafield


From the archives Counting Room Laboratories

What is... commissioning?


LATEST NEWS Since February we have…


COVER Rise of the Anibots Cumbrian SME is looking to the natural world to solve industrial problems.

Asbestos removal Specialised contractor ready to remove 250 tonnes of asbestos


View from the Board Meet our new non-executive directors

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Our man in Paris Meet some of the people at the World Association of Nuclear Operators

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SME Factfile Forth Engineering Ltd


A nuclear family The mother and daughter duo taking the nuclear engineering world by storm




Filling the generation gap EU nuclear conference for young industry professionals