A Babcock-led consortium has formally taken ownership of Dounreay Site Restoration (DSRL) — the firm responsible for cleaning up and closing the redundant nuclear site in the north of Scotland.
From Sunday, the operation became a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Babcock Dounreay Partnership that comprises Babcock (50%), CH2M Hill (30%) and URS (20%). Eleven staff seconded from the three companies occupy positions in DSRL from today and a new board is in place.
This is the first contract to be signed by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) to complete the demolition of a redundant nuclear site in the UK.
The formal acquisition follows a four-month transition period since November when the NDA named Babcock Dounreay Partnership as its preferred bidder.
DSRL was previously owned by UKAEA Ltd.
DSRL employs approximately 950 people and has an annual turnover in the region of £150M through its sole contract with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
It is the site licence company regulated by the HSE’s Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency for the safe management of hazards at the site.
The new managing director of DSRL is Roger Hardy, who joins DSRL from Babcock International Group. He succeeds Simon Middlemas, who becomes chairman of the DSRL board.
Dyan Foss, who joins from CH2MHILL, becomes deputy managing director.
Tony Wratten, formerly deputy managing director, is leaving Dounreay for a new post with Babcock International.