Dounreay materials test reactor (DMTR)

Construction was started in 1955 and the DMTR was the first nuclear reactor to operate in Scotland. Its purpose was to test materials under

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17.2 Dounreay fast reactor research site. Photograph courtesy of DSRL.

nuclear radiation conditions for the future fast reactor programme. It pro­duced 25 MW thermal but not electricity and was shut down in 1969.

Early decommissioning after shutdown was limited to post-operational clean out (POCO) and removal of non-active support facilities. Decommis­sioning during the early 2000s has been more comprehensive with cleaning out of the fuel pond and cells and the demolition of inactive buildings. DMTR is now in a care and maintenance period prior to final decommis­sioning and demolition programmed to start in 2015.

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