Amec, Hertel and Shepley Engineers have been selected as preferred partners for the £280 million Multi Discipline Site Works framework at the Sellafield Nuclear site in Cumbria.
The four year MDSW, which updates an existing arrangement for maintenance and asset restoration projects, is designed as a stepping stone for closer collaboration between the contractors and the nuclear site parent, Nuclear Management Partners.
The framework covers a number of activities that support operations and project activities across the Sellafield site under the three main disciplines of civil, electrical and mechanical with associated task delivery services.
Along with other significant contracts already let, or due to follow, as part of the site’s Overarching Acquisition Strategy, the MDSW is designed to provide stability of delivery as the site undergoes behavioural changes into the long term partnering contract arrangements.
The framework could run for a maximum four year timeline with a total estimated range of £200 million to £280 million. It will further develop benefits already delivered by the current contracting approach such as standardisation of contracts, reduction in contract numbers, rationalisation of the supply chain and encouragement of innovation.
Sellafield commercial director Keith Case said: “The MDSW framework is a significant piece of work for the site as it helps provide a pathway to the new, longer term partnering arrangements that we feel will deliver benefits.
“It’s a key enabler for us and will provide stability as we transition across to that new way of working.
“We’re very pleased to have identified three partners with track records of delivery in these areas, all of whom have substantial experience of working on the Sellafield site and a solid understanding of the unique challenges we face.”
Amec director for nuclear services Tom Jones said: “Building on our 40 years relationship with the Sellafield site, this contract award continues our provision of full life cycle services to Sellafield.
“We are pleased to be operating within this award-winning collaborative arrangement that continues to realise benefits to Sellafield.
“We look forward to working with Sellafield Ltd and the local supply chain to support the site with its day to day activities.”