Amec awarded multi-million pound Sellafield contract

North East employer Amec forms part of a major clean-up programme at Sellafield

The Sellafield site in Cumbria
The Sellafield site in Cumbria

Engineering group Amec has secured a new contract to carry out works at Sellafield.

The group, which has bases in Newcastle and North Shields, has announced it is working in a joint venture with fellow North East employer Balfour Beatty and Jacobs Engineering Group to carry out a waste treatment contract at the nuclear plant.

The firms have been selected to deliver Sellafield’s Box Encapsulation Plant (BEP) project – a four-year programme potentially worth between £240m and £336m.

The joint venture partners will share the finances from the framework contract equally and work is scheduled to begin immediately.

The Box Encapsulation Plant (BEP) is designed to treat Magnox reactor waste which is currently stored at Sellafield by containing it in concrete and getting it ready for long term storage.

AMEC chief executive Samir Brikho said: “AMEC has successfully delivered complex projects at Sellafield for over 50 years, during which we have played a key role in the development and delivery of many of the major waste treatment plants on the site.

“The BEP project is another significant nuclear waste management initiative in the programme to reduce the historic waste issues on Europe’s most complex nuclear site.”

Under the terms of the contract, the joint venture will carry out the project management, design, engineering, procurement, installation, and construction management of the project, which addresses the cleanup of one of the most hazardous legacy facilities on the Sellafield site.

The contract comes three months after a joint venture between Balfour Beatty and Babcock was formed to build a new facility to aid the decommissioning of the Cumbrian power plan – a project that will employ more than 300 people.

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