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Dounreay - UKAEA History - The First Fifty Years By Andy Munn
UKAEA At Dounreay
Aspects Of The
Early History On The Site
UKAEA – THE FIRST FIFTY YEARS
The Production Group, responsible for the manufacture and sale of nuclear fuel, became British Nuclear Fuels. It was already providing a complete nuclear fuel service from enrichment through fuel element manufacture to reprocessing and waste management. Now it was charged with selling these services to the world. Similarly, the Radiochemical Centre produced radioactive isotopes for medical and industrial uses. It was subsequently successfully privatised as Amersham plc, now part of the GE Healthcare group
The next step in the divestment process involved UKAEA’s Weapon’s Group. In August 1971, following recommendations from a committee led by the Marks and Spencer director, Derek Rayner, the Government decided to transfer the Weapons Group to the Ministry of Defence. Despite initial resistance from the then UKAEA Board the transfer went ahead in 1973.
In three short years UKAEA staff numbers had more than halved, from 30,000 to barely 13,000. Nevertheless UKAEA still retained its nuclear power mission and the non-nuclear business was growing year by year.
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