At a series of meetings in Scotland, Wales and England, the community representatives discussed the impact of nuclear decommissioning on their regions and their aspirations for partnership working on socio-economic initiatives.
The delegates included representatives from Site Stakeholder Groups, as well as local and national governments.
Members of the four bidding consortia, meanwhile, were able to develop a greater understanding of regional variations around the 12 sites and share initial thoughts on future partnership working.
The meetings are part of the two-year competitive procurement process for ownership of the two Site Licence Companies, Magnox Ltd and Research Sites Restoration Ltd, which operate the 10 Magnox power station sites and two former research centres at Harwell and Winfrith.
Launched last year, the competition is currently in the formal dialogue phase, while site visits are also under way, enabling the bidders to see at first hand the challenges that will help to inform their tender proposals.
The consortia are:
- Reactor Site Solutions (Bechtel, EnergySolutions)
- The Babcock Fluor Partnership
- CAS Restoration Partnership (CH2M Hill, Areva, Serco)
- UK Nuclear Restoration Ltd (AMEC, Atkins)
The gathering of information will be followed by the submission of tenders towards the end of the year which will be evaluated before the preferred bidder is announced next March. It is anticipated that shares will be transferred and the contract award confirmed in September 2014.