Over the next 5 years, the Sellafield Limited business will undergo a major shift in focus as decommissioning, waste management and site remediation assume increased priority. The estimated cost for decommissioning the site is in the region of £85 billion and there are many opportunities to do things in a safer, faster and more cost-effective way.
Although automated and robotic systems are being introduced, the vast majority of decommissioning activities need significant human intervention.
The current methods of protecting the operator are more than 60 years old and primarily involve the use of personal protection equipment.
Sellafield is keen to work with new and existing suppliers to trial highly innovative and integrated solutions to protect their operators carrying out high hazard radiological tasks.
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