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Dounreay - UKAEA History - The First Fifty Years By Andy Munn
UKAEA At Dounreay
Aspects Of The
Early History On The Site
UKAEA – THE FIRST FIFTY YEARS
Parting of the Ways
The decision was a turning point for UKAEA. In 1989, the commercial arm of UKAEA under its marketing banner of AEA Technology was formally launched with its group of business divisions.
Elsewhere, Government attention turned to the growing cost of the nuclear liabilities on UKAEA’s sites. To focus on the management and decommissioning task a new department was formed – Decommissioning and Radioactive Management Operations (DRAWMOPS) - which was the forerunner of UKAEA’s future mission.
During the early 1990s decommissioning began in earnest at Harwell and Winfrith and at both sites attention turned to their future development as science and technology business centres. At Windscale initial decommissioning work was carried out on the Piles and the Windscale AGR.
The formal parting of the ways came in 1994 when AEA Technology became a separate body to UKAEA Government Division which was charged with taking forward its primary role of decommissioning and site restoration and fusion research. At the same time the facilities services operation was divested to Procord, later to be sold to Johnson Controls. Two years later AEA Technology plc was floated on the Stock Exchange.
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