The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has let research and development framework contracts worth up to £12M.
Among the organisations benefiting are UK universities, global firms and around 20 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
The NDA’s direct research portfolio (DRP) forms a key part of the NDA’s strategic research programme and focuses on direct funding for research that delivers innovation across multiple sites, develops technical expertise and informs NDA’s strategy.
Following a five month procurement process, the three new framework contracts were awarded to 10 consortiums, involving over 70 organisations and including three consortia led by SMEs. The contracts, last awarded in 2012, will cover the next four years.
The contracts were split in three lots; Lot A – University Interactions; Lot B – Integrated Waste Management and Site Decommissioning and Remediation and Lot C – Spent Fuels and Nuclear Materials.
Within lot B there were six consortiums including ones led by Amec Foster Wheeler, Arcadis and Arup. Universities such as Cambridge, Bristol, Manchester and Liverpool were also among the successful bidders.
NDA research manager Yvonne Morris said: “It was very pleasing to see so many SMEs being engaged in the process and being part of successful consortiums. Overall we were delighted with the high quality of the submissions and look forward to working with the organisations on our strategic R&D programme.
“We now have new multi-supplier contracts aligned with our key strategic themes. With many new organisations involved for the first time we will have broad input into addressing our research and development requirements.”
Lot A: University Interactions
Single consortium led by National Nuclear Laboratory
1. National Nuclear Laboratory
- Supported by Frazer-Nash Consulting
Lot B: Integrated Waste Management and Site Decommissioning and Remediation
Six consortiums led by Amec Foster Wheeler, Arcadis Consulting (UK), Arup, Eden NE, Galson Sciences and NSG Environmental
1. Amec Foster Wheeler
- Consortium: Brenk Systemplanung and Jülich Research Centre, Cogentus Consulting, DAS, Imperial College London, Longenecker & Associates, MMI Engineering, NuVision, OC Robotics, Fortum, University of Birmingham, University of Bristol, University of Cambridge, University of Manchester.
2. Arcadis Consulting (UK)
- Consortium: AdvanSci, Applied Photonics (APL), Areva RMC, Aurora, ESI, MDecon, Pöyry, ProNu-Dec, Tradebe Inutec, TWI, University of Liverpool, Dalton Nuclear Institute, University of Surrey.
- Consortium: Costain, Pöyry, Studsvik, James Fisher Nuclear, SN3, AdvanSci, MCM, Bilfinger GVA, Pinsent Masons, CL:AIRE, r3 Environmental Technology, Dalton Nuclear Institute.
4. Eden NE
- Consortium: Cavendish Nuclear, DBE Technology, Golder Associates, Tradebe Inutec, Project Time and Cost International.
5. Galson Sciences
- Consortium: National Nuclear Laboratory, Frazer-Nash Consulting, Advansci, Amphos 21, Cogentus Consulting, Integrated Decision Management, Jacobs, Kurion, Rodgers Leask, VTT, University of Bristol, Lancaster University, University of Leeds, University of Manchester, University of Sheffield.
6. NSG Environmental
- Consortium: Aecom, ARC, Oxford Technologies, NPL, ESG, Quintessa, React Engineering, KDC, Tradebe Innutec, Synergy Health, Nuclear AMRC, Loughborough University, University of Manchester, University of Surrey.
Lot C: Spent Fuels and Nuclear Materials
Three consortiums led by Amec Foster Wheeler, Areva NC and National Nuclear Laboratory.
1. Amec Foster Wheeler
- Consortium: Andra, Brenk Systemplanung and Jülich Research Centre, EnergySolutions, DAS, Fortum, MMI Engineering, NPL, NRG, OC Robotics, Studsvik, University of Birmingham, University of Manchester, University of Bristol, University of Cambridge, Loughborough University.
2. Areva NC
- Consortium: NSG Consultancy, MDecon, Quintessa, University of Liverpool, University of Sheffield.
3. National Nuclear Laboratory
- Consortium: Frazer-Nash Consulting, Galson Sciences, ALD France, Aquila Nuclear Engineering, DBD, DAS, IDM, Jacobs, Kurion, Rodgers-Leask, University of Bristol, Lancaster University, University of Leeds, University of Manchester, University of Sheffield, Imperial College London.