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What we do

Discover how we support the defence and security of the UK.

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Our history

Learn about our proud history and what makes up our DNA.

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Site safety and security

Read about how our sites are regulated and monitored.

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Connecting communities

Keeping you connected to what is happening at AWE

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About us

Learn more about our company and how we support the defence and security of the UK.

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Orion laser facility

Orion is one of the most powerful lasers and largest laser facilities in the UK.

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A unique national asset

We have unique nuclear expertise. We have a clear purpose and goals that set our direction.

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World-class expertise

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Working ethically

Learn about how we promote an ethical working environment.

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Freedom of Information

Find out how to make a Freedom of Information Act request.

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AWEsome education

Discover how we are supporting future generations.

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Local Liaison Committee

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Our regulators

Read about how are sites are regulated and monitored.

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Supply chain

The supply chain is crucial to the delivery of our programme. What does it take to be a supplier.

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Local Liaison Committee

Find out more about the Local Liaison Committee and how they represent community interests.

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International partners

We seek to drive better value and efficiencies through collaborative international relationships.

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Working at AWE

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Before you apply

Things to know before applying for a job.

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How to apply

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Current vacancies

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AWE fire detection and alarm systems

AWE identified and reported to the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) in February 2014 two separate instances of fire detectors not working at two of the facilities holding radioactive material.

Following a site-wide review, the company has now provided assurance to the ONR that all its detection systems are now fully functional.

Once the problems were identified immediate action was taken which included maintenance work and complete systems testing which established there were no further issues. More stringent management controls relating to fire alarm systems were also introduced in response to the incidents.

Although neither of the two incidents resulted in injury or exposure to radiation, AWE fully acknowledges the importance of all fire detector systems being fully operational and will continue to work openly and collaboratively with its regulators to improve safety standards.

The AWE sites have comprehensive fire detection and response systems, including on-site fire and rescue services.

A mid to longer term plan for ensuring the adequate and effective maintenance and operation of fire detections systems has been agreed with the ONR.

Notes to Editors:

  1. AWE plays a crucial role in national defence by providing and maintaining warheads for Trident, the UK's nuclear deterrent
  2. AWE is contracted to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) through a Government-owned Contractor Operated (GOCO) arrangement. Whilst our sites and facilities remain in government ownership, their management, day to day operations, and the maintenance of the nuclear stockpile is contracted to a private company AWE Management Limited (AWE ML). AWE ML is a consortium comprising three equal partners: Serco Group plc, the Lockheed Martin Corporation and Jacobs Engineering Group.
  3. AWE press releases are available on our website: www.awe.co.uk<http://www.awe.co.uk>. For further information contact Media@AWE.co.uk or 01189855888
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