Dounreay PBO Competition Announced

nda_logo17 December 2009

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has announced the dates for the Dounreay Parent Body Organisation (PBO) Competition Industry Event.

This follows on from the launch of the competition, which aims to secure a PBO for the Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL) Site Licence Company (SLC) through the publication of a Prior Information Notice (PIN) in the Official Journal of European Union (OJEU) in September 2009.

As part of its ongoing programme of market engagement the NDA is proposing to hold a two day Industry Event commencing at the beginning of 2010.

The key aim of the event will be to allow prospective PBO bidders to understand local stakeholder perspectives and provide an update on the emerging contracting and procurement strategies for the competition.

The first day of the Industry Event will be hosted by the Dounreay Stakeholder Group in Caithness on the 5 February 2010, with support from the NDA, and will provide prospective PBO bidders with the opportunity to meet with local stakeholder groups. Delegates will hear about the potential socio-economic impacts of the closure of the Dounreay site on the local area and opportunities for their mitigation.  Information on supply chain and workforce capabilities, regeneration work already underway and prospects for partnership working will be available.

The NDA will take the opportunity to provide an initial high level presentation to inform interested parties of the updated competition schedule and the overall aim and scope of the competition.

The NDA had intended to incorporate a Dounreay Site Tour into the first day of the event, however consequent on amendments to the schedule and market engagement, the NDA are now providing the opportunity to those bidders who prequalify to have access to both the Dounreay site and key DSRL staff, prior to the commencement of dialogue.

The NDA will host the second part of the Industry Event which will be held in Glasgow on the 9 March 2010. This will provide the market with key information about the specific requirements of the competition.

Graeme Rankin, the competition project manager, said:

“This two-part Industry Event has been designed specifically to ensure that prospective bidders are as fully briefed on both the competition itself, and the views of local stakeholders as possible. We are looking forward to continuing our engagement with bidders, and to what promises to be an interesting few days.”