Whitehaven News

The Whitehaven News


Thursday, May 17, 2001

THE Windscale side of the Sellafield site has a new head-of-site to direct two of Britain's biggest nuclear dismantling projects.

Peter Mann starts with the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority on June 1 and takes charge of the Windscale AGR and Pile One projects.

Peter 48, a chartered electrical engineer, latterly he has managed the decommissioning of the magnox reactor site at Hunterston on the Ayrshire coast.

l The AGR (golf ball) was Britain's first experimental advanced gas-cooled reactor and the task is to show that it can be decommissioned safely with minimum risk to the environment. Windscale Pile One caught fire, releasing radioactivity, in 1957 while producing plutonium for the weapons programme and has not operated since.