Balfour Beatty and Cavendish Nuclear have bagged a £160m contract to build a new silo maintenance facility for Sellafield.
The 45:55 joint venture is the third phase of Sellafield’s waste retrieval hazard reduction programme.
This final a phase of works follows the first two phases, which consisted of a £5.5m preliminary design phase and £12.5m detailed design and enabling works.
The new plant will support two existing waste silos. Work is scheduled to finish in autumn 2017.
Balfour Beatty will provide a “fully integrated commissioning and pre-operations delivery strategy” and train Sellafield’s employees to operate the facility.
The project is expected to employ over 300 people at the height of construction.
Balfour Beatty executive chairman Steve Marshall said: “The UK infrastructure market includes significant opportunities for nuclear decommissioning and clean-up activities.
“Similarly, new nuclear build and the construction of new power generation projects will bring us an opportunity to deploy our extensive experience.”