Stobbarts Ltd, who already provided some of the services at Sellafield under an old agreement, beat off competition from a host of multi-national companies to win the contract, which draws together a range of services including civil engineering mechanical and design services, plant and lifting equipment hire and provision of mobile crane and rigging services.
NMP’s Commercial Director for Sellafield Ltd, Keith Case, said: “This is proof positive that there are opportunities for West Cumbrian companies who deliver to win work with us.
“Our relationship with Stobbarts has matured over recent years and, they’ve grown as an organisation.
“For their part Stobbarts has demonstrated the commitment to driving change and collaboration that is essential to delivering effective, consistent performance and value for money at Sellafield.
“For me, personally, it is extremely encouraging to see a contract of this nature awarded to a local company and shows the experience and competitiveness present in our local supply chain. This is a great result for Sellafield Ltd, Stobbarts Ltd and West Cumbria.”
Stobbarts Ltd have years of experience in working with the nuclear industry and already provide many services to Sellafield Ltd. The new contract serves to complement key work programmes on the Sellafield site and encourage closer collaboration between the contractor, Sellafield Ltd and its supply chain.
John Stobbart, Stobbarts Ltd Managing Director, said: ‘This is a tremendous opportunity for us to continue to grow by working collaboratively with Sellafield Ltd and providing a first class service in what is a highly complex and varied contract.
“We first started working on the Sellafield site around 15 years ago and the growth in the size of the company since then has been tremendous. I’d like to think that we are an advert for other businesses in West Cumbria to see that you can be successful and that you can grow to meet the demands of industry.
“Winning this contract further demonstrates that local businesses who look to drive in innovation and provide value for money, all with the highest regard for health, safety quality and environmental practices will be given opportunities to work in the nuclear industry. We are extremely grateful to have won that opportunity and look forward to continuing to grow our relationship with Sellafield Ltd.”
Mr Stobbart also praised his workforce, and said that the contract award would help his business recruit more apprentices in the near future. He added; “We have built up a stable local workforce over the years, it is through them that we generate our success and together we look forward to the future with great optimism, because securing this contract not only safeguards our existing workforce, but enables us to provide further apprenticeships. I am a firm believer that young people from West Cumbria must be given opportunities for apprentice training in construction on the Sellafield site, and I’m delighted to say that we pledge to play a major role in the development of a locally based workforce.”
Mark Steele, the NDA’s Interim Head of Programme for Sellafield, said: “Managing and maintaining the network of buildings and infrastructure on a site as complex as Sellafield is essential if we are to secure a stable foundation that supports the clean-up and decommissioning mission of targeting the highest hazards on the site. Being able to meet those challenges whilst providing value for money requires expertise and experience, the fact that a West Cumbrian company has won the contract is testament to the skills that exist in the Sellafield supply chain.”