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Sellafield set to enter new era as reprocessing project comes to an end

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A major milestone has been reached at Sellafield.

The west Cumbrian site's Thorp Plant has finished a 24-year project to reprocess nine thousand tonnes of spent nuclear fuel from nine countries around the world.

Opened in 1994, it is one of only two commercial nuclear fuel reprocessing plants in the world.

It has generated an estimated £9bn in revenue.

The last batch of fuel to be reprocessed began its journey through the plant at 11.32am on Friday 9 November.

Meanwhile, Sellafield is aiming to reinvent itself as a centre of expertise for nuclear clean-up.

The company says there will be no redundancies now the work is complete.