Vice-Admiral Sir Peter WALKER, Director-General, Dockyards and Maintenance will officially open the Nuclear Refuelling Station at H.
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Background: Vice-Admiral Sir Peter WALKER, Director-General, Dockyards and Maintenance will officially open the Nuclear Refuelling Station at H.M. Dockyard, Rosyth, at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, 19th June, 1967.
The Station is part of an extensive 4m. modernisation programmed now being completed to enable the Dockyard t undertake refuelling and refitting operations on nuclear submarines as well as refits of conventional submarines.
The programme was early in 1963 and the first stages, enabling a dual stream of conventional submarines to be refitted, wore completed in 1965. With the completion of the Refuelling Station the Dockyard will be equipped with the facilities to undertake the defuelling and refuelling nuclear submarines as well as the refit.
The project ??? involved the erection of the complex of the buildings on piled ? mechanical and electrical facilities above and below ground level. The highly special used buildings include a Refuelling Equipment ? provide facilities for the preparatory work necessary for the delicate operation of refuelling, for training personal and for the storage of the ? equipment used.
A Health Physics buildings is being provided for the decontamination of personnel and equipment during the rofit of the submarines and will house the specialised plant being provided for the collection and treatment of radio-active ?, as well as the control point for nuclear work being carried out in the submarines.
? large cantilever crano to serve the two nuclear submarines docks dominates ? and beneath it is an emergency generator house and a new sub-station ? houses equipment to provide electric power supplies to the crane and the submarines under rofit.
The whole Station and the adjacent docks will be unclosed by security fencing. Underground tunnels will permit direct passage of personnel between the Health Physics Buildings and submarines in the docks.
Elsewhere in the Dockyard, the development programmed has include the erection of the modern pipe-shop, costing 250,000, providing special facilities for work associated with the pipes for reactors systems of nuclear submarines as well as for certain systems in modern surface craft and conventionally-powered submarines and for the increased pipe-work content of nuclear submarine refitting. The existing ? Training Centre has been extended to cope with the additional intake necessary for the training of an increased number of skilled tradesmen. In addition, a number of extensions to existing workshops have been made to adapt them for the higher standards of works required in refitting of nuclear vessels.
Other buildings include a Nuclear Store, a building for the handling and disposal of radio-active waste, a monitoring and decontamination centre and machinery test shop. It has been necessary to extend existing crane tracks, augment existing electricity supplies, and strengthen roads.
The building and civil engineering work of those developments have been the responsibility of the Ministry of Public Buildings and Works, the various works designs having been conducted by Directorate of Works (Scotland) to requirements laid down by the Ministry of Defense (Navy Department). The refuelling crane and the extensive functional plant and services within the Station were designed and installed under the supervision of the Management of H.M. Dockyard, Rosyth.
The principal contractors for the Refuelling Station have been:-
Building and Civil Engineering : McKEAN & Co. (Glasgow) Ltd.
120 Ton Refuelling Crane : STOTHERT & PITT Ltd., Bath.
Effluent Treatment Facilities : (PERMUTIT Ltd.
(STEWART & LLOYD Ltd.
(Robert JENKINS Ltd., Rotherham.
Britain's first re-fuelling station the navy's nuclear powered submarines fleet was opened to Rosyth dockyard today by Vice Admiral Sir Peter Walker director general of naval dockyards and maintenance.
The station is a group of highly specialised buildings housing sophisticated mechanical and electrical facilities above and below ground level.
They include a re-fuelling equipment shop and a health physics annex which house thirty feet deep stainless enclosed pond spent fuel can be stored safely under water without any radio active leakage, demarkation rooms for personnel.
Many of the rooms and workshops are lined with stainless steel because of the high standard of cleanliness required.
All water and air used in the station in continuously filtered and decontaminated by a complex process.
In the re-fuelling shop there is a training right which stimulates the submarines rector compartment in which rehearsals can be carried out by technicians.
There is also a press button control panel and a closed circuit television linked to the reactor of the submarine. The only entry to a submarines reactor is via two underground tunnels from the physics annex.
The station is dominated by a giant crane which will withdraw and install re-fuelling plant. It can be operated to very fine limits and can lower its load on to an egg without cracking it.
Vice Admiral Sir Peter Walker said that Rosyth had been chosen for the new station for geographical