Sellafield BEPDT contract formally signed

Sellafield 200Representatives from Sellafield Ltd and the newly named Box Encapsulation Plant Delivery Team (BEPDT) comprising of Jacobs, AMEC and Balfour Beatty recently attended a ceremonial signing event for a multi-million pound contract at the Sellafield nuclear site.
The framework contract, which was awarded in September, has a potential value range of between £240 million and £336 million over the duration of up to four years.
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.
Sellafield Ltd’s Graham Cheshire, contract officer for the BEP project said: “The market recognised the challenges presented by this important and complex project and a number of strong organisations emerged to tender for the framework. Through early market engagement, which enabled the development of an innovative acquisition and contract strategy, Sellafield Ltd together with the supply chain were able to cut down the procurement schedule by around six months. This was a magnificent result for all involved and a testament to the excellent relationship and communication with key stakeholders throughout the process.”
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.
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. This framework award therefore represents a significant milestone for us as we move forward in tackling our mission.”
Commenting on behalf of the joint venture, Jacobs Group Vice President Conor Doyle said: “We have a long term commitment to growing capability in West Cumbria. Programmes of work with this complexity require tremendous technical, regulatory and environmental capability. With significant experience working with our Sellafield Ltd colleagues on a range of complex projects over many years, the Jacobs/AMEC/Balfour Beatty team brings together vast nuclear decommissioning and clean-up experience to this important and challenging project.”

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