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£2.6 million contract for West Cumbrian firm

Sellafield site

A West Cumbrian company has secured a £2.6 million contract with Morgan Sindall.

Cumbria O&M Services COMS, based at Westlakes Science Park at Moor Row, will deliver pre-operations services at Sellafield Ltd, potentially over the next six years.

COMS, which started in 2014 has grown over the last six years and provides pre-operations, maintenance and engineering support to highly regulated industries across the UK.

The team of over 50 specialise in pre-operations and project start-up services to facilitate a project’s transition into its operational phase.

Grant Taylor, operations director at COMS, said: “It is fantastic to be awarded further work with Sellafield delivering pre-operations support.

“The business has gone from strength to strength over the last few years and securing a large contract like this is another step forward for the business in demonstrating the scope of work our team of engineers can undertake.

“Hopefully this gives other SMEs within the industry encouragement to bid for and win long term contracts that will allow growth and investment in the local community.”

The contract, which has been awarded under the Sellafield LINC with Tier 2’s scheme provides opportunities for SMEs to supply indirectly through Sellafield’s Tier 2 suppliers who have been awarded contracts or frameworks with Sellafield Ltd.

Steve Dixon, senior supply chain manager at Morgan Sindall, added:  “Morgan Sindall are pleased to award the contract for Pre Ops, through the ISA programme to COMS, this award through the SL LINC system provides an example of a success between Sellafield, a large Tier 2 contractor and a local SME working together collaboratively.”

COMS commenced work at Sellafield in October 2020, delivering Pre-Operations within the ISA programme.

The work will be carried out for an initial three years, then after review periods a further two years and a final year to complete the project.

John Berry, supply chain development team at Sellafield, said: “This is a great example of how SMEs can achieve success within our supply chain.

“Companies who can evidence their expertise, capability and show how they add value will always be able to perform well when submitting bids which undergo a robust evaluation process.”

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