Multi million pound waste storage contract

The contract for the first phase of a massive new multi-million pound waste storage facility at Sellafield has been won by a Babcock and Balfour Beatty Joint Venture.

The contract, for the Early Contractor Engagement Phase of the Box Encapsulation Plant Product Store and Comprehensive Import Export Facility (BEPPS and CIEF) Project, will start immediately with completion of the entire project scheduled for 2019.

The BEPPS and CIEF project will incorporate the completion and expansion of a purpose-built, above-ground nuclear waste store and the construction of a new import/export facility to handle radioactive waste, arising from the ongoing nuclear decommissioning and high hazard reduction operations at the Sellafield site in West Cumbria.

Paul Stewart, Sellafield’s Programme Delivery Manager BEPPS – CIEF, said: “We are pleased to award this contract to the Babcock and Balfour Beatty Joint Venture and are looking forward to working in close partnership with them to deliver a safe, reliable and cost effective facility.”

Dr Ian Hudson, The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s Sellafield Programme Director, said:
“Our priority at Sellafield is the reduction of risk and high hazard, and this project will deliver a new facility that will have an important role to play in storing the waste that arises from that work.”

Sellafield Ltd is a company owned and operated by Nuclear Management Partners, a consortium comprising URS, AMEC and AREVA.