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New £9m lab plan for Dounreay nuclear site in Caithness

Dounreay. Pic: DSRL
Image caption The new facility would replace laboratories built in the 1950s

A new laboratory to analyse radioactive and other hazardous material could be built at the Dounreay nuclear site at a cost of £9m.

The facility is needed to replace laboratories built at the Caithness plant in the 1950s which no longer comply with modern standards.

York-based Yorkon, part of the Shepherd Group, has been named preferred bidder for the building contract.

Work could start in March 2012 if planning permission is given.

Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL) said the construction project would provide work for 40 people.

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