All change for Sellafield

A new management structure has been implemented at Sellafield Ltd following it formally becoming a subsidiary of the NDA on 1 April. With the obolition of the Parent Body Organisation (previously run by Nuclear Management Partners) the company is now directly controlled by the NDA who appoint its Chairman and directors.

Commenting on the change John Clarke, NDA Chief Executive, said: “Much progress has been made under the old arrangements but in the long term they are not suited to a site like Sellafield. The work that needs to be done at Sellafield is very complex, often difficult to define and spans many years. The new arrangements will accommodate the challenges at the site more easily and allow for longer term planning. The private sector will still be heavily involved in delivering work at Sellafield but no longer as an owner.”

“I would like to thank NMP for its support during this period of transition. With its cooperation, we have been able to develop the new arrangements and secure an excellent Sellafield Ltd executive team well in advance of today’s official change in ownership.”

For his part Paul Foster, Sellafield’s Chief Executive said, “Model change is just the start of change at Sellafield. The business will fundamentally change when reprocessing at the site ends in 2020, which gives us a defined window of opportunity to evolve so we are best equipped to deliver our mission successfully. Underpinning the changes we’re making is a drive for greater efficiency. We need to make it easier to get work done.”

Sellafield will continue to partner with the supply chain as before and they are developing a proposition for this Market Enhanced Model for formal tender in the financial year 2016/17.

The development has been welcomed by the Nuclear Industry Association as the trade association for the industry. Commenting on the announcement Chief Executive, Tom Greatrex said, “Much progress has been made in managing one of the world’s most complex decommissioning sites under Nuclear Management Partners. Through simplifying the management arrangements at Sellafield, we believe it will support further progress in dealing with the unique challenges and technical complexity at the site.”