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Sellafield Ltd forms 20-year project partnership


Sellafield Ltd has awarded a 20-year contract to four organisations, which will help deliver the site’s decommissioning programme.

The Programme and Project Partners model is set to revolutionise project delivery at Sellafield, through newly established long-term partnerships.

The Sellafield nuclear site is home to one of the most complex portfolios of construction projects in the world, stretching over many decades.

The new approach will support the transformation of the company from a nuclear operator into a world leader in environmental remediation.

The partnership is made up of four ‘lots’, and the contracts have been awarded to:

  • Kellogg Brown and Root Ltd (KBR)– Integration partner
  • Wood – Design and Engineering partner
  • Morgan Sindall Infrastructure – Civils Construction Management partner
  • Doosan Babcock Ltd – Process Construction Management partner

Sellafield Ltd will work collaboratively with the four lot partners, to deliver major projects in support of the site’s 100-year decommissioning programme.

The new approach is set up to support faster, more effective project delivery, stability in design and construction supply chains, greater workforce flexibility, and local economic benefit.

Paul Foster, CEO for Sellafield Ltd, said: “The award of the Programme and Project Partners contracts marks the start of a new, and very different, journey for Sellafield Ltd and our supply chain partners.

“Our number one priority is making Sellafield safer, sooner, and a key part of this is establishing closer relationships with other expert organisations.

“Working side by side with our four long-term partners, as one team, will help transform the way we deliver projects safely, quickly, and cost effectively.

“The new approach also provides huge opportunities for our communities, through 20 years of sustainable employment in the design and construction supply chain, enhancing the skills of the workforce, while helping realise the economic ambitions of our community, to achieve its unlimited potential.

“I’d like to congratulate Kellogg Brown and Root Ltd, Wood Nuclear Limited, Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure Ltd and Doosan Babcock Ltd.

“We look forward to working in partnership to progress the safe, secure completion of our clean-up mission.”

Stuart Bradie, President and Chief Executive Officer of KBR said: “As a pioneer of collaborative working and forging strong alliances, KBR is delighted to have been selected to partner with Sellafield Ltd on this enduring project, which will place us at the heart of the customer’s delivery team.”

Bob MacDonald, CEO of Wood’s Specialist Technical Solutions business, said: “This is a fantastic endorsement of Wood’s ability to meet the most complex nuclear decommissioning challenges. 

“We already have a deep, shared history with Sellafield and this new appointment provides a platform for us to assist with safe and secure operation and clean-up over the next two decades. 

“This award reflects a highly collaborative approach that we adopt to achieve shared outcomes with customers and partners. We are looking forward to working with Sellafield and our partners to maximise socio-economic benefits for local communities.”

John Morgan, Chief Executive of Morgan Sindall Group, said: “Our long-standing relationship with Sellafield is very important to the Group. We’re delighted to have secured this opportunity to continue to cement our relationship over the next 20 years.

“We look forward to working in partnership with Sellafield Ltd, together with our supply chain, to keep enhancing the local communities where we work.”

Andy Colquhoun, CEO of Doosan Babcock commented: “We are delighted to have signed the contract on PPP and look forward to collaborating with Sellafield Ltd and the other three partners to meet the significant decommissioning challenges which lie ahead.

Mike Starkie, Mayor of Copeland, and Trudy Harrison, Member of Parliament for Copeland said: “We welcome the announcement of the Lot Partners on Sellafield Ltd’s Programme and Project Partners (PPP) framework, through which a significant portion of the site’s supply chain services in project and programme management, engineering and design, civil and process construction will be procured over the next 20 years.

“UK Government’s approval of this framework demonstrates confidence in the NDA and Sellafield Ltd to continue their world-leading work to overcome the complex and unique nuclear decommissioning challenges on the site. The announcement also marks a key milestone in Sellafield’s Transformation programme, and will fundamentally change the way that major projects are procured and delivered on the site, with a move towards outcome based contracting and a high degree of collaboration between the Lot Partners and the wider supply chain.

“This new framework offers great opportunity for us to work together with Sellafield Ltd and the Lot Partners to ensure extraction of maximum value from the Sellafield site, to deliver value to the taxpayer and to help to diversify and enhance the resilience of the local economy.

“This is of particular importance during the transformation of the Sellafield site as reprocessing operations end by 2020 and the company’s mission moves towards decommissioning and environmental remediation. There are associated opportunities for the new framework partners to make a positive impact on the local workforce, skills and education landscape and to help to deliver the targets set out in the Nuclear Sector Deal under the UK’s Industrial Strategy.

“This is a significant milestone in the evolution of the management of the Sellafield mission. Once again, we whole-heartedly congratulate KBR, Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure, Wood Nuclear and Doosan Babcock on their success, and offer our support to them in becoming key delivery partners in Copeland’s economic vision.

“We look forward to building strong, productive and lasting relationships with the PPP teams to realise our shared ambition to make Copeland a better place to live, work, and visit.”

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