After breaking all records for transferring waste material stored in spent fuel ponds, Sellafield Ltd has selected the Saab Seaeye Tiger robotic vehicle to work in one of the most hazardous environments on the planet.
The announcement came after the Tiger had worked consistently in the highly-corrosive conditions for nine months, during which time it only needed to pause for routine maintenance.
Sellafield has now ordered four Tigers for this extremely challenging role.
Specially adapted for the role by Saab Seaeye engineers in collaboration with Sellafield engineers, the Tiger was chosen for its long-proven reputation for reliability when working in demanding conditions in the offshore energy industry. When applied to nuclear waste, the Tiger’s durability means that there is limited need for intervention by operators for maintenance purposes, considerably reducing their exposure in this hazardous environment.