Whitehaven News

The Whitehaven News


Thursday, March 08, 2001

An Unexpected blockage in pipework has brought a radiation clean-up plant at Sellafield to a halt.

The SIXEP plant that is designed to remove radio-isotopes from the nuclear fuel storage ponds has had to stop work following the pipework blockage.

The plant can only deal with a greatly reduced throughput and technical solutions to the problem are now the subject of investigation.

BNFL spokesman, Ali Dunlop told the News yesterday: "We can confirm there is a blockage, but it is not causing any increase in radioactive discharges to sea. There is a reduced throughput and the regulatory authorities have been notified. It is expected to take weeks rather than months to clear the problem.''

The Nuclear Installations Inspectorate confirmed that urgent talks were taking place yesterday on the issue.