The iconic golf ball dome at Dounreay in Caithness will soon be consigned to history. Its reactor will be dismantled in 2025, according to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s (NDA) latest business plan, with the distinctive dome expected to disappear the following year. The business plan includes a 20-year overview, as well as key planned activities for the next three years. The facility on the north coast is in the process of being closed down, demolished and cleaned up at a cost of £3.2 billion. The NDA had previously said it wouldn’t be until the year 2333 before the 148-acre site was safe for reuse. Buildings to be demolished include the dome-shaped Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR). All reactor breeder and other fuels from the DFR would be taken to Sellafield in Cumbria over the next two years. The DFR once led the world in fast breeder technology.
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