Sellafield's nuclear evaporator 'giant kettle' part arrives

Evaporator D The 500 tonne module travelled 65 miles (100km) to reach Sellafield beach
Evaporator D The 27m (90ft) high module was lifted vertically from its horizontal, transportation position
Evaporator D The module is the height of six double-decker buses - the largest ever delivered to the plant, Sellafield said

A 500 tonne section of a new waste processor at the Sellafield nuclear power plant has been delivered by sea.

Moving the huge, 27m (90ft) module presented a "unique logistical challenge", construction engineer Duncan Basnett said.

The module will be part of the Evaporator D facility to reduce the volume of liquid waste for storage.

The project is expected to be late and £244m over budget, according to a 2012 National Audit Office (NAO) report.

A Sellafield spokesperson said Evaporator D was "essentially a giant kettle which is used to reduce the volume of high level liquid waste before it is turned into a glass form and stored".

The module arrived at Sellafield beach on a specialist barge, the Terra Marique, having travelled 65 miles (100km) by road, canal and sea.

It must now fit through an opening into the new facility which has a tolerance gap of only 7cm (3in).

Sellafield confirmed Evaporator D was expected to be completed about two years late, slipping from an original estimate of July 2014 to 2016.

Its original projected cost was £397m but by March 2012 this had risen to £641m, the NAO said.

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