A joint venture between Amec, Balfour Beatty and Areva has won a £250 million early contractor engagement contract on Sellafield’s Highly Active Effluent Facility project.
The initial phase of job, which will last for two years, will see the team - known as HALEF - draw up a project definition, as well as design and cost programmes.
Once this stage has been completed, a four year procurement construction and commissioning phase will run from mid 2012.
The facility will store radioactive waste in a series of high integrity storage tanks in a seismically qualified reinforced concrete building.
HALEF chairman Clive White said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this Early Contractor Engagement contract and look forward to working in close partnership with Sellafield.
“This is an important project on the Sellafield site requiring the skills of a highly competent, experienced nuclear team and we look forward to developing a world-class project” “