A CONSORTIUM of businesses has sealed a multi-million pound deal for the next stage of the decommissioning work on the Sellafield nuclear power station site.
Cumbria Nuclear Solutions Ltd (CNSL), a consortium comprising of James Fisher Nuclear Ltd, React Engineering Ltd, Shepley Engineers Ltd, Stobbarts Ltd, WYG Engineering Ltd and Westinghouse Electric Company, has been awarded the four-year Decommissioning Framework Agreement by Sellafield Ltd.
The framework is estimated to be worth around £30m per year over four years. The team are expecting to commence their first project within the coming weeks.
CNSL won the contract after working on a number of large contracts at home and abroad. The consortium members have access to around 16,500 staff. This most recent contract award follows the successful completion of the first four-year Decommissioning Framework Agreement which CNSL won against competition from multinational companies and consortia in 2006.
During the first framework, the team delivered a number of projects including the deployment of size-reduction techniques and contamination control measures to strip out a highly active cell which was large enough to house the US Statue of Liberty.
Other projects included the removal of redundant ventilation systems, R&D to develop remote and semi-remote handling technology, and the design, manufacture, trialling and deployment of equipment for the retrievals of sludge samples from a sludge storage tank.