In the past we’ve benefited from developments in underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) which have been vital in helping decommission legacy ponds across our estate. So… I’m sure that closer collaboration with the industry can pay dividends in tackling other decommissioning challenges.
After all, we are all working towards the same goal - cleaning up redundant facilities, taking them apart as safely and as cost-effectively as possible.
At the NDA (Nuclear Decommissioning Authority), we are looking outside our estate at technologies used in the oil and gas sector – as well as other sectors – to consider whether or not these could be used at any of our 17 nuclear sites, either directly or with modifications.
It makes sense to be open-minded about innovation wherever it comes from. Equally, we are happy to share our own experience, which has the potential to be of value elsewhere. Increased collaboration helps to strengthen and diversify our supply chain, which is valuable in supporting the UK economy.
An event to share learning between the two sectors was held at the Oil & Gas Technology Centre in Aberdeen. The centre opened in February and aims to inspire, accelerate and fund technology innovation – an aim that reflects our own R&D principles with respect to decommissioning.