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[BBC] - £20m tool to be used to dismantle nuclear site

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A 16-piece tool dubbed the world's most sophisticated Swiss Army knife is to help dismantle the Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR) in Caithness.

The device cost £20m to design and build and will operate in highly radioactive conditions inside Dounreay's landmark Dome.

Its detachable tool bits cost £100,000 each and weigh between 37-93kg.

They will cut and grab 977 metal rods once used to "breed" plutonium from uranium.

Measuring about 2.5m (8ft) in length, the rods resemble thin sections of scaffolding.
Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotlan...lands-14184843

Cool device.
Edited by Lampen - 7/19/11 at 1:52am
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source ?

wow thats expensive
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I need one of these for my living room. Where can I buy one? Can I get a discount if it's bee used?
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Can I get a discount if it's bee used?
Sure, but you'll need to pay the whole amount up front, since you'd die a gruesome death before paying the first monthly installment. That would be bad for business
     
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You always post such interesting news.
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at first glance i thought it read "£20 tool", which would have been much more epic lol
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I need one of these for my living room. Where can I buy one? Can I get a discount if it's bee used?
Uh. Sure. I'd recommend a solid lead box to put it in on your fireplace mantle.

Crazy reactors to decommission. Cooled by liquid metal.
Edited by Skripka - 7/19/11 at 6:15am
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