Jacobs’ New U.K. Engineering and Technology Center to Develop Innovative Decommissioning Solutions
New facility using new and adapted technologies for nuclear decommissioning to support collaborative working with our clients and supply chain.
Jacobs has opened a new Engineering and Technology Center in West Cumbria, U.K. to increase its capability to deliver innovative solutions to major decommissioning challenges.
The 1,320 m² high-bay facility in Egremont, one mile from the Sellafield nuclear site, will service a growing demand for engineering development expertise to design, build and test new technologies and techniques from concept through to implementation.
“This new facility underlines our commitment to West Cumbria and complements the test rig facilities at our Technology and Innovation Center in Birchwood, near Warrington, which are used extensively by Sellafield Ltd engineering design teams based nearby,” said Jacobs Critical Mission Solutions International (CMS-I) Senior Vice President Clive White.
“Across these facilities, we collaborate with clients and suppliers, developing new technology or adapting established systems from industries such as the medical and space sectors, to find safer, faster and more cost-effective ways to dismantle and decommission nuclear facilities. Our solutions minimize human intervention, make waste characterization and handling more cost-efficient, and reduce waste volumes.”
The new center, on the Beckermet Industrial Estate, has a 30m tall high bay test tower, a six meter deep test pit, 20 and 60 tonne overhead cranes, conferencing facilities and office space. A full COVID-19 risk assessment, including comprehensive health and safety measures, was carried out before Jacobs staff moved in.
The center enhances Jacobs’ capabilities in concept and detailed design, manufacturing, assembly, test, installation and commissioning for the nuclear decommissioning, waste management, new build and defence markets.
It will also support innovative problem solving to speed up hazard reduction at Sellafield and other nuclear sites in the U.K.
“This new facility will be a center for collaboration with highly innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) based in Cumbria,“ says Jacobs CMS-I Vice President for Technology and Consulting Greg Willetts. “We see our role as a developer and integrator of technologies, using our knowledge from hundreds of nuclear projects around the world to create fit-for-purpose systems for decommissioning.
“For example, when we developed new methods for decommissioning highly radioactive former reprocessing cells at Sellafield, we brought together a consortium of academic institutions, large businesses and SMEs, who draw on experiences from the medical, space and military sectors, to complement our expertise in radiology, chemistry, physics, material identification, human factors and mechanical/system/process engineering,” adds Greg.
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