Sellafield has selected four consortia to help with the decommissioning of the nuclear site in deals worth a combined £500m.
In total, 12 companies have won places on the 10-year Decommissioning Delivery Partnership framework.
Sellafield has hailed the local impact of the work, with the chosen partners committing to create 240 new apprenticeships over 10 years.
Eleven of the 12 companies in the consortia are based in or have a significant presence in Sellafield’s home county of Cumbria.
As part of a range of measures designed to help boost the local economy, the successful companies have also pledged to allot 20 per cent of their subcontractor spend to SMEs.
Last December, Sellafield told Construction News it would encourage main contractors to work more closely with smaller local firms. Its head of socio-economics Helen Fisher said: “We want tier two suppliers [main contractors] to open up their doors to more companies further down the supply chain.”
Three firms – Energy Solutions EU, Jacobs and Westinghouse – picked up places on two of the four delivery partnerships (see below).
Although the frameworks have been given a value of £500m, Sellafield has left an additional £1.5bn of ‘headroom’ that could take spending up to £2bn.
Sellafield Decommissioning Delivery Partners
- Integrated Decommissioning Solutions: Energy Solutions EU, Hertel (UK), North West Projects and Westlakes Engineering.
- The Nexus Decommissioning Alliance: Costain Oil, Gas and Process.
- Cumbria Nuclear Solutions: Shepley Engineers, James Fisher Nuclear, React Engineering, Jacobs Stobbarts, Westinghouse Electric Company UK, WYG Engineering.
- The Decommissioning Alliance: Jacobs UK, Energy Solutions EU, Westinghouse Electric Company UK.
In addition to the announced teams, Sellafield is also finalising framework agreements with two other consortia.
Sellafield managing director Paul Foster said: “Our first priority will always be the safe, secure and cost-effective clean-up of Sellafield.
“But alongside that is a commitment to help deliver a long-term, sustainable economic future for our local community.
“DDP will help achieve this by placing socio-economic outcomes at the heart of the contract from the outset and by holding contractors to account on delivery.
“We have listened to our stakeholders and worked with government, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and our supply chain to design a responsible, sustainable procurement that uses public sector contracts to unlock investment from the private sector, backed up by the power of a legally binding contract.”