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Nuclear Education Centre To Close

A £2.2 million UK nuclear education centre created in 2004 to capitalise on decommissioning spin-offs is to close its doors due to lack of interest. The Decommissioning and Environmental Remediation Centre (DERC), located near the Dounreay nuclear plant in northern Scotland, was set up as a major education, training and research centre to pioneer nuclear decommissioning education in the UK

A £2.2 million UK nuclear education centre created in 2004 to capitalise on decommissioning spin-offs is to close its doors due to lack of interest. The Decommissioning and Environmental Remediation Centre (DERC), located near the Dounreay nuclear plant in northern Scotland, was set up as a major education, training and research centre to pioneer nuclear decommissioning education in the UK.

It was grant funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, run by the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), while the premises is owned by private firm JGC Engineering and Technical Services.

A spokesman for UHI said the closure was due to “dramatic changes” in the landscape of the nuclear industry, which had resulted in research and contract work not materialising.

DERC cost some £300,000 a year to run and is being closed following a review by UHI.