More collaborative procurement wanted in nuclear sector

10 July 2008
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11 July 2008 | Paul Snell

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) wants procurement teams in the nuclear industry to work together to make it easier and cheaper for vendors to enter the supply chain.

The NDA has published its national consultation on how the decommissioning supply chain can be developed today, and is targeting collaborative procurement as one area that can help the UK become a "market of choice" for suppliers.

Annual spend at the NDA is around £2.5 billion a year, with £1.2 billion going to tier-two suppliers.

The NDA wants the firms that run nuclear sites to provide more consistency for suppliers in parts of tenders such as terms and conditions. And if suppliers only had to provide information once, rather than for each tender, it would reduce costs for vendors.

The report also suggested collaborative procurement could bring together spend currently on multiple contracts and increase buying power. In addition, it raised the possibility of developing a common purchasing system for different sites and common policies on sustainable procurement.

The consultation period runs until September and the final strategy will be published in December. Go to: to take part.


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