|Built||1940 (as munitions factory); 1946 (as nuclear fuels facility)|
|Location||Salwick, Lancashire, England|
|Products||oxide fuels; uranium hexafluoride|
|Employees||1,700 (in 2002)|
|Address||Springfields Fuels Limited, Westinghouse, Springfields, Salwick, Preston PR4 0XJ|
Springfields is a nuclear fuel production installation in Salwick, near Preston in Lancashire, England. The site is operated by Springfields Fuels Limited, under the management of Westinghouse Electric UK Limited, although since its conversion from a munitions factory in 1946 it has been operated and managed by a number of different organisations including the UK Atomic Energy Authority and British Nuclear Fuels. Fuel products are produced for the UK’s nuclear power stations and for international customers.
Activities on the site
The site has been making nuclear fuels since the mid-1940s. The site is notable for being the first nuclear plant in the world to produce fuel for a commercial power station connected to the national grid (Calder Hall).
The four main activities carried out on the site are:
- Production of oxide fuels for advanced gas-cooled and light water reactors, as well as intermediate fuel products (uranium dioxide powders, granules, and pellets)
- Production of uranium hexafluoride, or "hex"
- Processing of fuel-cycle residues
- Decommissioning and demolition of redundant plants and buildings
Future of the plant
Manufacture is scheduled to continue until 2023. Decommissioning activities have so far resulted in 87 buildings on the site having been fully demolished.