Nuclear decommissioning giant Sellafield has awarded a £1.5bn, 15 year design contract to two joint ventures of UK and international consultants featuring URS, Jacobs and Mott MacDonald.
The work will go to the Axiom joint venture of Jacobs, Amec, Assystem and Mott MacDonald and the Progressive Alliance of URS and Babcock. It is the first contract of its kind for Sellafield and is the first of an anticipated £9bn of long-term contracts which will be let by Sellafield over the next two years.
Under the Design Services Alliance (DSA) the joint ventures will carry out design and safety assessment, project manage construction and provide decommissioning support at the Sellafield site in Cumbria. Work is structured across eight lots over four capability areas, including mechanical handling; process plant; control, electrical and instrumentation (CE&I); and civil, structural and architectural (CS&A) systems.
The expectation is that by working collaboratively with the firms in the DSA, Sellafield will be able to deliver greater quality more efficiently.
Sellaffield is owned by Nuclear Management Partners. Director of commercial for Sellafield Keith Case said his firm was changing the way it acquired services. “Effective supply chain engagement through long-term, collaborative alliances is key to Sellafield delivering and exceeding commitments made in our performance plan. These new contracts will bring stability and certainty to the supply chain,” he said. “The security offered by the length and value of the contract will encourage partnership working between us, as a customer, and with Axiom and Progressive Alliance, as our suppliers. They’ll get to know, more accurately, what we want and we’ll see the benefit from working with some of the leading providers of design services in industry.”