Up to 100 people from Vinci and Nuvia working at a Sellafield construction site could lose their jobs after work was halted as part of a review, the nuclear firm said today.
Sellafield is working with contractors to build the Silos Direct Encapsulation Plant (SDP) to support its decommissioning work with Nuclear Management Partners (NMP) and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).
Once completed, SDP will process waste retrieved from the Magnox Swarf Storage Silos, one of the high hazard decommissioning projects on the Sellafield site.
A spokesman for Sellafield said as the project had reached an important part of its development, it was undertaking an engineering review “to ensure that we proceed into the next stage on a strong basis”.
As part of this review, the spokesman said construction work on the project had been temporarily suspended while they focused attention on design engineering work.
The spokesman said: “We are aware that our decision is likely to have an impact on the number of contracting staff working on the project and the main sub-contractors Vinci and Nuvia have today taken steps to inform their workforces that redundancies are likely.
“Although issues such as these are common in contracting work, it is always regrettable when jobs are at risk.
“We will be working closely with Vinci and Nuvia over the coming days and weeks to establish how our decision will impact their workforce, but our initial understanding is that there may be up to 100 people involved.”
The spokesman added: “This decision has not been taken lightly, it is entirely the responsibility of Sellafield Ltd and has been made to ensure we focus our resources on essential engineering work on the project. We have a duty to ensure we provide value for money for the taxpayer.
“It is in no way a reflection on the performance of the contractors who have been working hard to accelerate the site based work on the project over recent months.”