STAFF at Dounreay and the Caithness economy could benefit when the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) takes over operations at the site early next year, Highland councillor Struan Mackie has said. Councillor Mackie, chairman of the Dounreay Stakeholder Group, was speaking after last Friday’s confirmation that the agency is to replace the Cavendish Dounreay Partnership – a consortium of Cavendish Nuclear, Jacobs and Amentum – as the parent body from March 2021. Councillor Mackie has been given assurances about the decommissioning programme and has stressed the importance of the local supply chain and the need for it not to be “turned on and off like a tap”. “I believe this announcement will present a number of opportunities for the workforce and for Caithness and north Sutherland,” he said. “The skills and expertise gained from the Dounreay programme are widely recognised to be some of the best in the nuclear decommissioning industry and have been seen to be versatile.
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