Springfields

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Springfields
Built 1940 (as munitions factory); 1946 (as nuclear fuels facility)
Location Salwick, Lancashire, England
Industry Nuclear fuel
Products oxide fuels; uranium hexafluoride
Employees 1,700 (in 2002)[1]
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.[2] Fuel products are produced for the UK’s nuclear power stations and for international customers.

Activities on the site[edit]

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).[2]

The four main activities carried out on the site are:

Future of the plant[edit]

Manufacture is scheduled to continue until 2023. Decommissioning activities have so far resulted in 87 buildings on the site having been fully demolished.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Manufacturer". BNFL UK Fuel Business, Heart of the furnace. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Westinghouse". Westinghouse website on nuclear sites. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Nuclear Decommissioning Agency". Decommissioning at Springfields site. Retrieved 16 December 2011.