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magnox

(ˈmæɡnɒks)
n
(Nuclear Physics) an alloy consisting mostly of magnesium with small amounts of aluminium and other metals, used in fuel elements of nuclear reactors
[C20: from mag(nesium) n(o) ox(idation)]
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Calder Hall's Magnox design was the template for Britain's first generation of nuclear power stations and the technology was exported around the world.
This follows the announcement made in July 2018 and marks a new approach to managing the UKs 13 Magnox sites - 10 former Magnox nuclear power stations, two nuclear research sites and a hydroelectric plant.
We have strengthened our position in these areas with some important contract wins that partially offset the upcoming completion of the QEC contract and the loss of the Magnox contract."
The prizes were presented by Keith Drysdale, waste manager, Chapelcross Magnox Limited, who said: "There was another great turn out of children and schools at the Everholm Running Track and the standard of the young athletes was excellent.
Wylfa site's priority to remove fuel elements from the most powerful Magnox reactors in the world and transport them to Sellafield for reprocessing has progressively gained momentum throughout the year to achieve this new landmark.
"It's a meticulous process and it takes time but we have the skills, the knowledge and the people to safely and securely deliver the Magnox work programme."
The reference to the use of virtual reality testing in the new Sellafield contract could be a sign that Babcock wants to avoid finding itself in a similar situation as with the Magnox deal.
Sellafield's Magnox plant reprocesses spent fuel from across the UK, but ONR inspectors found a failure to act on operating instructions.
Magnox blamed the cuts on the streamlining of the decommissioning process.
The company, which has worked with Magnox since 2005, will service seven sites that are currently being decommissioned, two that are being de-fuelled and Wylfa - the only remaining Magnox site that's still generating.
Magnox is responsible for managing 10 of the UK's first generation of nuclear power stations, and the new contract will involve Hertel providing scaffolding, mechanical and rope access, asbestos removal and insulation maintenance at sites over the next four years.
To assess the different fuel element designs of the first Magnox reactors a notional fuel element, incorporating the novel features of the different designs, was loaded into a Calder Hall reactor in a number of channels.