Sellafield has announced the four partnerships that have won £500M worth of decommissioning contracts for the site.
The 10-year contracts have been designed to benefit the local community by committing at least 20% of subcontracting spend to small and medium-sized businesses, as well as providing jobs and apprenticeships to local workers.
The two-year tendering process for the Decommissioning Delivery Partnership (DDP) framework selected a total of 12 companies, 11 of which have a local presence. Two further consortia will be confirmed once contracts have been agreed.
The initial four consortia are:
- Integrated Decommissioning Solutions, comprising Energy Solutions, Hertel UK, North West Projects and Westlakes Engineering.
- The Nexus Decommissioning Alliance, comprising Costain Oil, Gas and Process.
- Cumbria Nuclear Solutions including Shepley Engineers, James Fisher Nuclear, REACT Engineering, Jacobs Stobbarts, Westinghouse Electric Company, WYG Engineering.
- The Decommissioning Alliance, comprising Jacobs UK, Energy Solutions and Westinghouse Electric Company.
Sellafield managing director Paul Foster said: “Our first priority will always be the safe, secure and cost-effective clean-up of Sellafield.
“But alongside that is a commitment to help deliver a long-term, sustainable economic future for our local community.
“DDP will help achieve this by placing socioeconomic outcomes at the heart of the contract from the outset and by holding contractors to account on delivery.
“We have listened to our stakeholders and worked with Government, the NDA and our supply chain to design a responsible, sustainable procurement that uses public sector contracts to unlock investment from the private sector, backed up by the power of a legally binding contract.”
Sellafield says there is extra ‘headroom’ in the framework of up to £1.5bn, depending on how it prioritises and delivers its work.