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UK Tails Management Facility: Nuclear new build on an impressive scale

29 May 2019

The construction of a new Tails Management Facility at our UK site is now complete and has clocked up some impressive statistics.

During its construction the TMF needed:

  • 55,000m3 of concrete – enough to fill 200 Olympic swimming pools
  • 7,300 tonnes of steel – which could make a replica of the Eiffel Tower
  • Enough pipework to make another Channel Tunnel (linking England to France)

What is even more impressive is that the construction was achieved with seven million hours of safe working, making the TMF one of the safest construction sites in the UK.

The TMF will be operated by our subsidiary, Urenco ChemPlants. Commissioning is underway and operations are expected to start later this year.

It is a vital part of our sustainability programme by responsibly managing nuclear materials on behalf of our customers. Our 2018 Sustainability Report will be published on 6 June. 

This film was made in collaboration with ITN Productions and the Chemical Industries Association as part of a programme called Solutions for our Future.


About Urenco

Urenco is an international supplier of enrichment services and fuel cycle products with sustainability at the core of its business. Operating in a pivotal area of the nuclear fuel supply chain for 50 years, Urenco facilitates zero carbon electricity generation for consumers around the world.

With its head office near London, UK, Urenco’s global presence ensures diversity and security of supply for customers through enrichment facilities in Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA. Using centrifuge technology designed and developed by Urenco, and through the expertise of our people, the Urenco Group provides safe, cost effective and reliable services; operating within a framework of high environmental, social and governance standards, complementing international safeguards.

Urenco is committed to continued investment in the responsible management of nuclear materials; innovation activities with clear sustainability benefits, such as nuclear medicine, industrial efficiency and research; and nurturing the next generation of scientists and engineers.


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