Sellafield nuclear plant awards £1.1bn contract

Owners of nuclear fuel reprocessing plant Sellafield have awarded a contract worth £1.1billion for infrastructure work at the site. The Sellafield site is ramping up efforts in fuel reprocessing, earlier […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Owners of nuclear fuel reprocessing plant Sellafield have awarded a contract worth £1.1billion for infrastructure work at the site.

The Sellafield site is ramping up efforts in fuel reprocessing, earlier this month announcing it was taking on 500 new staff to boost the decommissioning of the West Cumbrian site.

The joint venture between building group Morgan Sindall and engineering firm Arup beat off Balfour Beatty in October to win secured bidder status. Yesterday it was announced they will give essential services to the decommissioning project.

Morgan Sinall Arup will provide steam and electricity generation, water supply, a drainage network and sewerage treatment plant, plus roads, bridges and car parks among other things.

Sean Balmer, Commercial Director of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority which owns the Sellafield site, who is also chairman of Britain’s Energy Coast business cluster said: “The signing of this contract represents a significant step towards the safe and secure clean-up of the Sellafield site – the NDA’s number one priority.”

He praised the firms for deciding to establish a permanent base in the West Cumbrian area: “It is important that long-term, strategic contracts like this are used to provide a solid framework around which we can build a stable and secure local supply chain which will help us deliver the aspirations set out in the Britain’s Energy Coast economic blueprint.”