Nuclear research centre

Nuclear research centre launched at University of Manchester

A nuclear research centre will be officially opened at the University of Manchester tomorrow.

The Research Centre for Radwaste and Decommissioning (RCRD) will be launched tomorrow at an event attended by more than 120 delegates from industry, commerce and academia.

Academics at the centre are researching the geosphere/biosphere, engineering and materials aspects of nuclear waste disposal and nuclear decommissioning as the country seeks safe and long term solutions for its complex nuclear legacy.

“It is important to recognise that nuclear waste disposal and decommissioning are major challenges for society," said Professor Katherine Morris, a geodisposal research director at the centre.

“We are delighted with the successes of the RCRD over the last 12 months and we very much look forward to forging new links with partners in industry and academia which is essential both to address this most complex of tasks and to gain public confidence in our research activities."

Delegates from companies and organisations such as the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority Radioactive Waste Management Directorate and Environment Agency, AWE, National Nuclear Laboratories, Parsons Brinckerhoff, SERCO and academic institutions from across the UK are expected to attend the launch event.

More than £5m of research funding has been awarded to the centre since it began its first operations last year, earmarked for major projects including:

• Research into aspects of the safe storage and disposal of the UK’s radioactive wastes that will inform and underpin the safety case for a deep geological disposal facility.

• Research into aspects of the decommissioning of the UK’s existing legacy of nuclear power stations and other installations containing radioactive contamination.

A new laboratory suite will also be opened tomorrow at the centre for state-of-the-art research with radioactive and biological materials. 

The "Radionuclide Biogeochemistry Laboratories" were funded by the University as part of the investment in the RCRD.

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