Golder to Undertake Ground and Surface Water Monitoring Across Fleet of Nuclear Licensed Sites in the UK

Magnox Ltd is a nuclear decommissioning company responsible for the safe and secure clean-up of 12 nuclear sites (10 former nuclear power stations and two former research sites, Harwell and Winfrith) and operation of one hydro-electric plant in the UK.   The nuclear decommissioning process is a substantial, intergenerational programme of work including defueling, building removal and a period of passive site maintenance prior to final site restoration.  This programme requires an extensive monitoring regime, an important element is the groundwater and surface water on and around the nuclear sites.

Golder has been selected by Magnox Ltd to undertake a four-year framework for the groundwater and surface water monitoring services at their 12 sites. This programme will demonstrate Magnox is meeting the environmental regulatory compliance responsibilities, whilst also supporting the long term programme of characterisation, assessment and site restoration activities across the fleet.  The work includes the collection and analysis of samples from the sites at various frequencies through the year, followed by data comparison assessments, trend analysis and support to data management aspects.

“Golder’s work with Magnox began more than 20 years ago when Golder supported land characterisation at Bradwell and Trawsfynydd. This four-year framework contract continues an enduring relationship between Magnox and Golder which has seen the two companies collaborate to deliver a wide range of land quality projects that have facilitated Magnox’s continued proactive management of the land quality aspects of their decommissioning programme. We are already well into our planning for this new phase and look forward to hit the ground running when the COVID-19 related restrictions are lifted and work ramps up across the Magnox fleet of sites again”, says Chris Gilbert, Associate and SCR Team Leader at the Nottingham office.

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