Matom support DSRL programme
Dounreay was the UK’s centre of fast reactor research and development from 1955 until 1994 and now Scotland’s largest nuclear clean-up and demolition project. This was where some of the nation’s leading scientists and engineers experimented with plutonium, uranium and other metals to give Britain the knowledge to generate electricity using a more advanced type of nuclear reactor. Their research and development is now complete. The equipment and materials they used to gain this knowledge is being packed up and the environment restored by a new generation of staff skilled in nuclear clean-up such as Matom.
Today, Dounreay is a site of construction, demolition and waste management, all of it designed to return the site to as near as practicable its original condition.
DSRL has a turnover in the region of £150 million a year and employs approximately 900 people. It sub-contracts work to 50 or so companies in the supply chain and this provides employment for a similar number of people.
Decommissioning Dounreay is recognised internationally as one of the most complex nuclear clean-up challenges in the world.