Cavendish Nuclear to build liquid waste plant at Hinkley Point A

9 May 2019 (Last Updated May 9th, 2019 11:47)

Babcock International Group’s wholly owned subsidiary Cavendish Nuclear has secured a contract to design and build a liquid waste treatment plant.

Cavendish Nuclear to build liquid waste plant at Hinkley Point A
Cavendish Nuclear to build a plant for treating liquid waste at Hinkley Point A nuclear power plant. Credit: Rick Crowley.

Cavendish Nuclear has secured a contract to design and build a liquid waste treatment plant, which will be used to treat the liquid wastes released during the decommissioning of the Hinkley Point A nuclear power plant.

The company will supply the plant to Magnox, which works with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. It is responsible for the safe and secure clean-up of 12 nuclear sites and operation of one hydro-electric plant.

The modular plant provided by Cavendish Nuclear will be designed to be able to process different waste streams and convert them to a form that can be stored or disposed of safely.

“I’m delighted that Cavendish Nuclear and our supply chain can bring design innovation to Hinkley Point A.”

It will feature de-watering facilities to create two waste streams. One waste stream includes a sludge that can be mixed with cement to create solid intermediate-level waste. The other will be an effluent that can be treated further by existing on-site facilities, before being discharged to the sea.

Cavendish Nuclear will construct and commission the plant at its facility in Whetstone, Leicestershire. It is expected to be installed at Hinkley Point A by early 2020.

Cavendish Nuclear managing director Paul Smith said: “I’m delighted that Cavendish Nuclear and our supply chain can bring design innovation to Hinkley Point A, we will develop the solution to be efficiently procured, manufactured and constructed honouring our corporate commitment to deliver nuclear clean-up faster, safer and at lower cost.”

The contract will be the first for Cavendish Nuclear as a supplier of equipment for cleaning up Hinkley Point A nuclear power plant.