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Jamie Stone MSP Visits Dounreay To See Research Materials

Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross MSP Jamie Stone gets a close look at a nuclear fuel element being built in the D1202 fuel fabrication plant at Dounreay.  Plant manager John Gibson was on hand to describe how staff skilled in the manufacture of nuclear fuel are turning uranium and aluminium metals into fuel elements that can be irradiated in research reactors for medical and industrial purposes.

D1202 is operating to discharge historical fuel supply contracts with customers in Germany, Belgium and Australia before it is decommissioned. None of the fuel will be returned to Dounreay after irradiation, so the export of the elements is contributing to a reduction in the inventory of nuclear material at the site that must be managed as part of the site restoration plan.

Jamie Stone Biography Etc