Sellafield Ltd Silos SDP preferred bidder

sellafield logoSellafield Ltd has announced that the joint venture a.m.a has been selected as the preferred bidder for the Silos Direct Encapsulation (SDP) project at Sellafield.

a.m.a is a special purpose joint venture created for the purposes of competing for this contract and consists of the French company Areva, and British companies Mace, and Atkins.

When complete, SDP will process nuclear waste recovered from the Magnox Swaf Storage Silo, one of the oldest nuclear waste silos on the Sellafield site, and package it to make it ready for long term storage. It is the only project of its kind in the world.

Sellafield Ltd’s primary focus is to safely clean up and decommission all high hazard facilities on the site, and successful completion of the SDP project will be a vital step forward in that mission. This preferred bidder announcement therefore represents a significant milestone.

Another of the key focus areas for Sellafield Ltd is to deliver a return on investment for the taxpayer, who fund activities on the site. One of the ways in which this is being delivered has been the embedding of a new acquisition strategy, which fundamentally changes the way we do business and introduces value for the tax-payer through performance based contracting with the supply chain.

Sellafield Ltd will now enter a period of preferred bidder clarification and confirmation of commitment with a.m.a whilst the contract is finalised and all legal processes are completed. The final contract award will require approval from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

Scott Reeder, Sellafield Ltd’s Chief Projects Officer: “The market recognised the challenges presented by this important and complex project and two strong joint venture organisations emerged to tender for the contract. Sellafield Ltd was very pleased with the quality, capability and commitment offered by each of these organisations.”

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