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Thousands of jobs to go at Dounreay over next 15 years

An estimated 2,000 jobs are to go at the Dounreay nuclear power complex over the next 15 years, the Caithness site's operator has said.

Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL), which has the largest single workforce at the plant, has shed about 300 staff over the last five years.

A £2.2m programme has been launched to help DSRL employees and those of its contractors to find new work.

The project is being led by Caithness Chamber of Commerce.

About 50 companies are involved in demolishing and cleaning up Dounreay. DSRL employs about 900 people.

The site's operator has previously said jobs at the plant would be reduced as more of the facilities were flattened and less work was available.

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