Sellafield Ltd has announced that a joint venture comprising of Jacobs, AMEC and Balfour Beatty has been awarded a multi-million pound Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) framework for the Box Encapsulation Plant (BEP) project.
The framework contract, which was published via an Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) notice in February 2014, has a potential value range of between £240 million and £336 million over the duration of up to four years.
Sellafield is Europe’s most complex nuclear site, and by far the largest in the UK. It is operated by Sellafield Ltd, a company owned and managed by Nuclear Management Partners.
The BEP project is being delivered as an integral part of the Magnox Swarf Storage Silo (MSSS) Programme, which is tackling the clean up of one of the most hazardous legacy facilities on the Sellafield site.
When complete BEP will deliver the capability to treat nuclear waste recovered from MSSS, immobilise it and prepare it for long term storage. In addition the BEP may also process waste recovered during the decommissioning of other significant Sellafield facilities including the First General Magnox Storage Pond (FGMSP) and the Pile Fuel Storage Pond (PFSP).
Sellafield Ltd’s Chief Projects Officer, Scott Reeder, said: “Our primary focus is to safely clean up and decommission all high hazard facilities on the site, and successful completion of the BEP project will be a vital step forward in that mission. This framework award therefore represents a significant milestone for us as we move forward in tackling our mission.”
Another of the key focus areas for Sellafield Ltd is to deliver a return on investment for the taxpayer, who funds activities on the site, and as such the BEP framework award has seen a renewed emphasis placed on socio-economic benefits, and the company will be working closely with the partners in the joint venture to ensure that benefits are realised.
Mr Reeder added: “One of the key deliverables for the transition and mobilisation phase will be their resource plan and associated recruitment strategy. As part of the tender they’ve made commitments to us about apprentice and trainee recruitment, as well as a firm commitment to support our pledge that at least 20 per cent of the work generated from the framework finds its way to local small and medium sized enterprises. This is an exciting framework for us, and for our local community.”
Scott added: “The market recognised the challenges presented by this important and complex project and a number of strong organisations emerged to tender for the framework. Sellafield Ltd was very pleased with the quality, capability and commitment offered by each of these organisations.”
Commenting on behalf of the joint venture, Jacobs Group Vice President Conor Doyle stated, “The Jacobs/AMEC/Balfour Beatty team is delighted to collaborate on the BEP project and support Sellafield Ltd.’s focus to achieve a sustainable socio-economic legacy. Our integrated approach blends exceptional technical and project management expertise with a comprehensive knowledge of the facility and the regulatory environment, to deliver a total programme solution safely and securely.”