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Five year safety achievement

24 October 2011

Costain has achieved five years without a Lost Time Accident at Magnox Limited’s Trawsfynydd twin reactor, in north Wales.

The efforts of the ACTUS Team, a joint venture between Costain, AMEC, Babcock and Jacobs, including the on-site project teams, subcontractors, design team, and support and leadership personnel all contributed to the outstanding health safety and environmental performance.

Trawsfynydd is a twin reactor station, now defueled and undergoing decommissioning, located on the northern bank of an inland lake in the heart of Snowdonia National Park, in north Wales. After operating successfully for 26 years, Trawsfynydd was taken offline for repairs in 1991. Defueling of the reactors started in 1993.  The site currently employs 218 staff, 65 agency workers and 350 contractors.

“Safety is the highest priority for our client and we enhanced the competence of our team by altering mind sets wherever possible so that everyone involved was empowered to challenge any HSE issue, as well as the right to stop work if they thought HSE was being comprised in any way. We are delighted to have secured this significant contract with Magnox, as well as achieving five years without a Lost Time Accident,” said Mike Sawyer, Costain’s Sector Director for Nuclear.

The ACTUS team recently secured a contract with Magnox to retrieve Intermediate Level Waste at the Trawsfynydd Site which will allow it to enter care and maintenance by 2016. The contract, worth £67million over five years, has been awarded under the Magnox ILW Retrievals Framework.