AMEC has joined forces with the United Atomic Energy Authority and American specialist CH2M Hill to bid for the first chunk of decommissioning works in Britain's £56 billion nuclear clean-up programme.
The UKAEA has formed the public-private partnership with the aim of landing at least 40 per cent of the decommissioning work up for grabs ? estimated to be worth around £2 billion a year.
The alliance will initially target selected sites in the UK that are now being opened to competition by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
Work at Sellafield and Trawsydds has already started and the Drigg Power Station in Cumbria recently released tender documents for building a £20 million waste storage facility at the site.
An Amec spokesman said: 'We expect to face stiff competition from our American and European rivals, which includes firms such as Bechtel, Fluor and Jacobs Babtie.'