Nuclear swap shop saves millions

A nuclear swap shop for surplus equipment has delivered savings of almost £5 million in just three months.  

Established three years ago, the NDA’s National Asset Transfer Scheme has proved highly popular with the SLCs who are seeking to dispose of assets that have served their purpose, or looking for a specific piece of kit that just might exist on another site.  

The electronic marketplace allows the cost-efficient exchange of second-hand equipment while avoiding the need to purchase new or send goods for scrap.  

Access, via a secure area on the NDA website, is restricted to registered SLC users for logistic and security reasons but the information is distributed to members of the workforce and interest is growing.  

Assets advertised include construction and demolition machinery, electrical and mechanical gear, lab equipment, health and safety kit. A weekly digest flags up new items, with a FAQ providing details of how the system functions.   

Martin Grey, the scheme administrator and NDA Engineer and Project Validation Manager, said that recently added functionality has enabled a more accurate assessment of savings to be made:  

“This is the first time we have been able to track the money with certainty and we know that several millions of pounds have been saved since the scheme started.  

“The first months of this year, 2011, saw £4.9 million saved, largely because Sellafield transferred a crane to Chapelcross, saving £3.2 million on the cost of a new one. ”  

Martin added:

“This not only helps us save money but also resources and the time of sourcing new assets. Interest has also been expressed by other organisations in either offering up their own surplus equipment or obtaining NDA surplus.  

“Having learned of this interest for our surplus assets,  we have been able to place equipment or material that may have continued use – such as, most recently, 80 tonnes of lead – bringing some additional income as well as reducing the overall asset maintenance and care costs.”