Six framework contracts have been awarded, representing at least 28 companies and their supply chains.
Six framework contracts have been awarded, representing at least 28 companies and their supply chains.

Supply chain a key player in Dounreay decommissioning

Almost 30 companies and their supply chains have been chosen to deliver a programme worth up to £400m to decommission the Dounreay nuclear power plant in Scotland.

The announcement, made by Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL) this week, will see 28 firms able to compete in “mini competitions” for packages of work.

As well as technical submissions, the successful bidders had to demonstrate how they would help create “a positive legacy” in Caithness and North Sutherland, Scotland.

The decommissioning programme will include the construction of a size reduction facility, shaft, and silo decommissioning, as well as demolition of nuclear laboratories.

Six framework contracts have been awarded, initially for up to four years with the possibility of a three year extension, according to DSRL.

The company, which is owned by the Cavendish Dounreay Partnership, will carry out the decommissioning programme on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

The programme will take the work at the site “into a new phase when historic wastes from the shaft, silo and low level waste pits are due to be retrieved, repackaged and consigned to modern waste facilities,” according to DSRL.

Stephen Adamson, the organisation’s head of commercial services, said: “This agreement will deliver real and visible signs of progress towards achieving our mission."

He added: "It is about forming long-term partnerships so that the successful companies can work alongside our own Dounreay staff, ensuring a first-class team combining the best site skills and experience with the wider industry knowledge and innovation that the supply chain can offer.”

The organisations appointed to DSRL’s decommissioning framework include:

  • AECOM E&C UK; MW Hargreaves; Kier Infrastructure and Overseas; Morson Projects; NIS; NSG Environmental; Squibb Group; Westinghouse Electrical Company UK

  • Dounreay Decommissioning Framework (DDF) Alliance; Cavendish Nuclear; BAM Nuttall; KDC Contractors; JGC Engineering and Technical Services

  • Dounreay Wood Alliance (DWA); Wood; Aquila Nuclear Engineering; GD Energy Services; Orano Projects

  • Jacobs UK; Atkins
  • Nuclear Decommissioning Ltd (NDL); James Fisher Nuclear; REACT Engineering; Shepley Engineers; WYG Engineering; JBV Demolition; RPS Consulting Services
  • Nuvia; Graham Construction; Oxford Technologies; Thompson of Prudhoe

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