The starting gun has been fired on preparations to level the Ministry of Defence base at Vulcan. Firms are being invited to tender for the work to decontaminate and dismantle the reactor complex which played a key role in support of the UK’s nuclear submarine programme for 50 years. The 10-year contract is intended to leave behind a “brownfield” site with the MoD giving up its lease of the ground. Business and community leaders in Caithness are keen to flag up the opportunities for local companies and are pressing the MoD to offer a community benefit package. The plug was pulled on Vulcan’s pressurised water reactor in 2015 and six months ago the MoD concluded it had no future need for the site. Work is not scheduled to begin until all the fuel from the site has been removed and shipped to the Sellafield reprocessing plant in Cumbria.
John O Groat Journal 12th March 2020 read more »