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BAM Ritchies

Case Study: Sellafield - Site Laboratory

Client: Sellafield Ltd

Main Contractor: BAM Nuttall Ltd / Costain

Location: Sellafield, Cumbria

Date: 2010 - 2012

BAM Ritchies has had a site laboratory at Sellafield for a number of years.

The laboratory carries out a comprehensive set of sampling and testing in accordance with relevant standards for materials and concrete.

The laboratory is UKAS accredited and managed as part of BAM Ritchies growing portfolio of site laboratories on major civils contracts.

Sellafield was the site of the world's first commercial nuclear power station, Calder Hall, operating from the early 1950's until 2004 and the Windscale Nuclear Reactor (Piles) - Britain's first attempt at a nuclear reactor to produce plutonium for the war effort, which suffered a major incident in 1957.

Here also is the Sellafield Reprocessing Plant - a site that converts the spent fuel from nuclear reactors worldwide into re-useable uranium, plutonium and highly radioactive fission products that will have to be safely stored for thousands of years.