Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. announced that its joint venture with Carillion and Atkins (ACKtiv Nuclear), working as part of an integrated Sellafield Limited project team, has been awarded Sellafield’s Business Excellence Award 2014 for teamwork on the First Generation Magnox Storage Pond (FGMSP) Bulk Sludge & Fuel Retrievals (BS&FR) project at Sellafield, Cumbria in the United Kingdom.
The project also won the coveted Managing Director’s Award for Business Excellence.
The Sellafield Business Excellence Awards, now in their seventh year, celebrate outstanding performance across a range of categories; including safety, innovation, apprentice, and team excellence.
This year’s team excellence award recognizes the work completed on the Burst Slug Bay, which plays a vital enabling role in the retrieval of sludge from the FGMSP. The project involved the installation of a scaffold access bridge prior to operators removing moss, debris and redundant equipment in a high radioactive area. The work is part of a large portfolio of projects intended to provide new capability to safely retrieve legacy waste materials from the FGMSP.
Jacobs Group Vice President Conor Doyle stated, “We are delighted, together with our partners, to have contributed to the Sellafield team’s outstanding performance on this important project. The team combined innovative thinking and best practice to ensure a safe and successful delivery.”
As part of the integrated team on this project, Jacobs provides services across the full project lifecycle from concept, design, development, procurement, installation and commissioning through to operational support.
Jacobs is one of the UK’s leading firms in the field of nuclear engineering, with experience working on nuclear license sites, including a 40-year history with Sellafield shaped by significant expansion. The company has more than 2,000 employees working in its UK nuclear business. Doyle went on to say, “Cumbria is right at the heart of our worldwide nuclear operation, and our focus on long term growth has the potential to create enormous value in the region. From here we are growing an internationally competitive nuclear skills base, supported by our expanding graduate and apprenticeship programmes.”
Sellafield Ltd is responsible for safely delivering decommissioning of the UK’s nuclear legacy as well as fuel recycling and the management of low, high and intermediate level nuclear waste activities on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. The FGMSP is an ageing asset in a deteriorating condition and has handled 27,000 tonnes of nuclear fuel over its lifetime and is now being decommissioned. Having ceased full scale operations in 1986, the facility still contains significant volumes of historical waste.