More Companies Confirmed as Partners in Sellafield Decommissioning Deal

Sellafield Ltd’s drive to deliver jobs, skills and local community benefits through its supply chain has received a new boost as four more companies have been confirmed as partners in a £500m framework contract for decommissioning work over the next decade.

The inclusion of Amec Foster Wheeler, AREVA, Doosan Babcock and Atkins as the final members of the Decommissioning Delivery Partnership (DDP) means that now 16 companies are formally involved in the framework across six alliances and joint ventures.

Amec Foster Wheeler’s inclusion is through an alliance with Hertel (UK) Ltd and Shepley Engineers, both of whom were already in the DDP framework through other partnerships. The joint venture of AREVA-Doosan-Atkins brings three new names to the DDP family and means that Sellafield Ltd can now confirm that 15 of its 16 DDP framework partners are either based in, or have a significant presence in, Cumbria.

DDP is Sellafield Ltd’s first flagship example of its bold new approach in procurement where guaranteed benefits for the community are embedded in the tendering process. All companies bidding to be involved in the partnership had to outline how they would deliver new skills, community benefits and encourage economic growth by committing to sub-contracts with small-to-medium sized enterprises.

Among the pledges given by the selected companies are:

  • a ‘local first’ recruitment approach, with one consortium aiming for 95 per cent of work to be done by Cumbrian workers
  • a commitment to give 150 jobs to ‘under-represented or disadvantaged’ people
  • a commitment to create up to 240 new apprenticeships over the 10 year agreement
  • companies promising to deliver school outreach and business mentoring. Sellafield Ltd is now taking those individual tendering pledges and building on them with the DDP partners to ensure they are co-ordinated to maximum effect. Sellafield’s drive is to ensure that the predicted £95 a minute it will spend with the DDP supply chain over the next decade delivers the maximum benefits both on and off the site.

Sellafield’s Decommissioning Delivery Partnership framework partners:

  • Integrated Decommissioning Solutions (comprising Energy Solutions EU Ltd, Hertel (UK) Ltd, North West Projects Ltd and Westlakes Engineering Ltd)
  • The Nexus Decommissioning Alliance (Costain Oil, Gas and Process)
  • Cumbria Nuclear Solutions Ltd (Shepley Engineers, James Fisher Nuclear Ltd, REACT Engineering Ltd, Jacobs Stobbarts, Westinghouse Electric Company UK Ltd, WYG Engineering Ltd).
  • The Decommissioning Alliance (Jacobs UK Ltd, Energy Solutions EU Limited, Westinghouse Electric Company UK Ltd)
  • Amec Foster Wheeler, Hertel (UK) Ltd, Shepley Engineers