Open Call for Innovation – Post Operational Clean Out at Sellafield.
For most of its existence, the main business focus of the Sellafield site in west Cumbria has been nuclear reprocessing. Reprocessing activities at Sellafield are due to come to an end over the next two years, and preparations will begin to transition into a Post Operational Clean Out (POCO) phase.
POCO (Post Operational Clean Out) is the process that takes place when a nuclear plant has reached the end of its operating life and is the final phase in a plant’s operating life before decommissioning begins.
The aim of POCO at Sellafield is to reduce the risk and hazard in a facility by safely removing the nuclear and chemotoxic inventory and, ultimately, reducing the lifetime costs of the redundant plants.