Safe Ending – Managing the safety risk of nuclear decommissioning
Assuring safe, cost-effective and timely decommissioning of legacy plants.
State of emergency
The recent events at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan have caused the international nuclear community to review their approach to extreme events [e.g. Ref 1] and, in particular, emergency preparedness.
Blown away – the end of Chapelcross cooling towers
At 9am on Sunday 21st May 2007, the quiet of the Solway Firth was awakened by the sound of approximately 15,000 explosive charges detonating in staggered phases. In just ten seconds, the four 90 metre high cooling towers, which had dominated the skyline for almost 50 years, were levelled, leaving an estimated 28,000 tonnes of rubble. As well as marking the end of the Chapelcross power station [see Table1], this graphic demolition belied a wealth of necessary technical assessment.