New Radiation Sensor Consultancy to Perenco

We are proud to have obtained a significant contract from Perenco UK Ltd. Perenco operates Wytch Farm, the largest on-shore oilfield (approx 500 million barrels) in NorthWest Europe.

Wytch Farm’s Oil wells on the Goathorn Peninsula, Poole Harbour. Photo courtesty of Pterre, CC BY 3.0,

The support provided by Market Cross at Wytch Farm will include the optioneering and testing of a range of gamma and alpha spectroscopy systems for the monitoring of NORM waste. It will then move on to the provision of advice on NORM waste assessement and clearance monitoring processes.

Market Cross goes all outer space for the community

Learning about radiation on Earth and in Outer Space

Market Cross supported a special “Learn to be an Astronaut event” in Dorchester on 21st July. We shared a marquee with a number of innovative locally based science companies and organisations. We also had a walk-in layout of the ISS right behind our stand which included modules representing different subjects, activities and handouts. There was “Radiation on Earth” in the Zarya Control Module, “Radiation in Space” in the Columbus Laboratory, “Radiation Protection – Time, Distance, Shielding” in the Kibo Research Module and “Radiation Protection – Magnetic Fields” in the Destiny Laboratory.

The ISS gets busy during the summer!

The layout was proportioned to-scale and for a bit of extra fun we had an emergency activity involving Solar Particle Events (or proton storms). When the SPE alarm went off everyone had to evacuate to the “shielded” Zvezda Control Module. In the end we had to stop doing the emergency activity because the ISS became too popular and there were too many people to fit into the Control Module!

DIT asks Market Cross for Advice on Nuclear Decommissioning Sector

Market Cross has been assisting the Department of International Trade and an HQ Whitehall sector team regarding nuclear decommissioning.

As part of DIT’s Delivering Through Sector Knowledge (DSK) programme, Market Cross gave a presentation and provided information for a training programme for commercial officers from around the world. Delegates from France, German, Sweden, Ukraine, Lithuania, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, the USA, Russia and China came to the UK for a week-long programme about the sector. By the end of the programme they had a good understanding of the UK’s capability both in terms of trade and investment. This enabled them to go back and promote what the UK has to offer to overseas buyers and investors.

This was the first time the Civil Nuclear DSK programme has visited the South West, so it was a really good opportunity to tell them what we know.

Project Delivery, Management and Commercial Consultant – Ian Alderson

We are delighted to welcome new member Ian Alderson to MX. Ian is a highly experienced business leader, project management and commercial consultant. With 32 years in the nuclear industry, Ian has worked for many of the big nuclear businesses including UKAEA, AEA Technology, RWE Nukem (now Nuvia), Tuv Sud Nuclear Technologies and AREVA (now Orano Projects Ltd).

As an Operations Director and twice statutory Board Director, Ian brings extensive experience in safety, quality, environmental and ethics compliance, preparing winning tenders, setting commercial strategy, continuous improvement, learning from experience facilitation, assured project delivery and commercial leadership.

We believe that Ian’s nature, interaction with others, behaviours and values align closely with those of Market across. We are very much looking forward to working with our new colleague for many years to come.

Safety Case Production – Dr Paul Coley

We are delighted to welcome new member Dr Paul Coley to the fold. Paul is a highly experienced safety case writer and safety case manager and has produced multiple safety cases for Sellafield Ltd, DSRL, URENCO, LLWR and Magnox in the UK and for Westinghouse and JNFL overseas.

We believe that Paul’s approach to his work exactly reflects the principles of Market Cross – that only ethically grounded, qualified and experienced personnel working for independent, socially responsible organisations can produce truly accurate and proportionate assessments. We are very much looking forward to working with our new colleague for many years to come.