Nuclear decommissioning firm Sellafield has awarded four-year decommissioning framework contracts worth up £35M per year.
Four firms, Astrel, Cumbria Nuclear Solutions, DEV Nuclear and Nuvia, have been awarded the contracts.
The new frameworks will help to speed-up hazard reduction work at the Sellafield site. Operators Sellafield has added that engaging the supply chain is crucial to achieve it.
The new framework partners have been chosen to support Sellafield by providing specialist nuclear engineering solutions to technically challenging projects, many of which have to be carried out in high radiation environments.
They have significant resources and have already proved their innovative techniques in some of the most challenging decommissioning projects on the Sellafield site.
“The previous decommissioning frameworks were in place for four years and provided a sound basis for delivering a number of key hazard reduction projects,” said Sellafield’s Commercial Director Keith Case.
“Sellafield has taken the opportunity to review the learning from our experience to identify opportunities for improvement and build this into the revised arrangements going forward. A corner stone of this approach will the development of appropriate partnering behaviours demonstrated by early and genuine engagement of the supply chain in effectively meeting the challenges we face.”
Some 55 historic buildings have already been safely demolished at Sellafield and 108 decommissioning projects are currently underway at Sellafield today, directly employing 2,110 Sellafield employees. In addition, more than 200 specialist suppliers are associated with providing decommissioning services and expertise to support the decommission programme.
Full details of the winning bidders:
- Astrel (Aker Solutions E&C, Hertel, Studsvik UK)
- Cumbria Nuclear Solutions (James Fisher Nuclear, React Engineering, Shepley Engineers, Stobbarts, WYG Engineering, along with the international engineering organisation Westinghouse)
- DEV Nuclear (Doosan Power Systems, Energy Solutions EU and Babcock Nuclear)