Spring 2013

Damaged nuclear fuel recovered

James Fisher Nuclear (JFN) has successfully supplied equipment to enable the removal of 53 damaged nuclear fuel elements at Wylfa Power Station, operated by Magnox Ltd, on Anglesey, Wales.

The damage to the fuel elements in the dry storage cells was such that they could not be safely recovered by the standard fuelling machine grab. JFN undertook the design, manufacture and testing of a bespoke fuel retrieval system incorporating an electro-mechanical grab to remove the damaged elements. Fuel retrieval has been successfully undertaken in two of the three dry storage cells in which the problem existed: in the third, unrelated works have delayed access. With the assistance provided by JFN, the Wylfa Magnox team has won the Magnox Implementation Award for 2013. James Whittington, JFN’s project lead, commented:

“With Magnox emphasizing their partnership with JFN on this project, it not only reflects well on the hard work of the team behind all stages of this project, but also on JFN as a whole.”

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