A batch of fuel manufactured for the Prototype Fast Reactor (PFR) at Dounreay in the north of Scotland, has arrived safely at Sellafield. This fuel is the first consignment of so-called exotic fuels that are being transferred to Sellafield as part of the work to shut down the Dounreay site.
The PFR itself shut down in 1994 and in 2013 the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority decided that the best option for managing this unused fuel would be to transfer it to appropriate storage facilities at Sellafield.
The safe arrival of the first cargo of PFR fuel follows the successful completion earlier this year of the first phase of transports of breeder material from the earlier Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR) to Sellafield, which closed in 1977.
The exotic fuel is part of a range of nuclear material left over from Dounreay’s research work. The programme to transfer the material to Sellafield is expected to take a number of years to complete. It will be consolidated with similar material in safe and secure storage at Sellafield until Government decides on a long term disposition route.