Nuclear Operations

The Nuclear Operations capability consists of 4 capabilities providing technical support (commercial work, R&D, nuclear foresight & advice) to a wide range of customers including the UK government.

Plant Intervention

NNL has over 40 years of experience providing a professional plant intervention service for customers in nuclear and harsh environments. We provide a full range of services including the design, development, test and deployment of purpose built, remotely operable, inspection and intervention systems for use within nuclear production and power plants, and for decommissioning activities.

The Team’s services include:

  • Visual and NDT Plant condition monitoring and inspection
  • Development of bespoke inspection devices
  • Plant Life Management
  • Media production
  • Mechanical systems and equipment design
  • Electrical, control and instrumentation design
  • Engineering systems and equipment design and development for the intervention and repair of active plant and underwater operations
  • Inactive rig design build and trials
  • Robotics and remote handling development and consultancy
  • Manipulator assessment, development and deployment
  • Technical assessments, optioneering

The area includes the following team capabilities:

  • Plant Inspection
  • Remote Engineering
  • Robotics

Customers: Sellafield Ltd, SL tier 2’s (including WYG, Kaefer, Shepleys etc.), EDF Energy, NNL: IR&D, MOD


  • Plant inspection team are active area workers and inducted into the majority of SL customer plants
  • Trained Robotic Operators at advanced level
  • Mechanical Design
  • Project Safety Supervisors for Workington Rig Hall
  • Software Development
  • Experimental and Rig Design

Specialist software includes:

  • Solid Works Professional 3D Mechanical CAD software
  • AutoCAD 2D E,C&I CAD software
  • AMTECH Electrical Design Software


  • 3D Printers
  • Video editing suite and streaming for NNL/customer use
  • HD Camera system
  • Spheron Camera System
  • Ultrasonic Thickness Measurement Equipment
  • Rope Access Gear
  • Mini Laser Scanner

Collaborations: Sellafield Ltd., Universities links with Liverpool, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, and Lancaster., EPSRC funded academic hubs (Robotics) – NCNR and RAIN, various collaborations for inspection device developments and innovation.