NDA Supply Chain Awards announced

The annual NDA Estate Supply Chain Awards were announced at this week’s Supply Chain event in Manchester. The sellout event saw awards made to a wide range of companies across six categories.

Announcing the winners Chair of the judging panel, Ron Gorham, the NDA’s Head of Supply Chain optimisation and SME Champion, said, “Our suppliers play a critical role in delivering timely, cost-effective decommissioning across our sites, and we are delighted to acknowledge their vital contribution. I was particularly pleased with the quality and variety for our new enhancing capability and capacity award.”

The award winners were:

Capability and Capacity Award

This new skills award recognises that capability and capacity in the supply chain are important to support projects and programmes, both now and in the future. The award was aimed at suppliers who may have:

  • developed their employees’ skills
  • supported supply chain partners to develop
  • created opportunities to bring people into the workplace
  • developed skills and enabled an environment where differences are valued

Winner: Profile Security Services – Security Return To Work Scheme

Profile Security Services set up a partnership with Dounreay and the Wick Jobcentre Plus to create ‘Return to work’, ‘Work Experience’ and ‘upskilling’ opportunities in the security industry for young people locally.

Highly commended: Stainless Metalcraft Ltd – 100 years of training at Metalcraft

Metalcraft identified an age profile issue several years ago and set up a project to develop more home-grown talent, culminating in establishing an apprentice Training Academy – the Fenland Engineering Skills Centre, and this year are celebrating 100 years of training apprentices on their site.

Technology/Innovation Implementation Award

This award is to recognise both the innovation and collaboration required to take technology or innovation through to successful implementation at a Site Licence Company.

First winner: OC Robotics/TWI Ltd/Sellafield – LaserSnake: size reduction of a dissolver vessel within the First Generation Reprocessing Plant at Sellafield

An integrated snake-arm robot and laser cutting technology which successfully completed an active in-cell size reduction task at Sellafield’s First Generation Reprocessing Plant, proving it to be a versatile system for in-situ decommissioning tasks.

Second winner: National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL)/Westinghouse (Fauske & Associates, LLC)/Sellafield – Magnox Swarf Storage Silo reactive materials, a paradigm shift in the management of nuclear waste

Working at the UK’s highest hazard facility, the Magnox Swarf Storage Silo, the combined expertise of this group radically improved understanding of the stored waste’s chemical behavior. The results have underpinned significant changes that will result in faster waste retrieval, hazard reduction and estimated savings of more than £1 billion.

SME Innovation Award

An award specifically for smaller businesses, the innovation can be a new product/process or adaptation of technology from other non-nuclear market, bringing benefits and savings.

Winner: Omniflex – new product development for replacing the entire radiological monitoring system and associated instrumentation within an active handling facility whilst maintaining 100% plant availability

Omniflex, working for and with NNL at their active handling facilities at Sellafield had to design, build and install a substantiated replacement radiological monitoring system of 130 instruments to a tight timescale and ensure 100% plant availability during the works. The new product is now planned to be used on other projects at Sellafield.

Highly commended: DBD Ltd – Sellafield Site Resilience Project

The Resilience Project followed Fukushima in 2011 which prompted fundamental reviews of the resilience of nuclear power plants worldwide. DBD were tasked by Sellafield Ltd to design and implement the Resilience Evaluation Process which examines nuclear facilities, identifies fault pathways and the effectiveness of the corresponding emergency response.

Collaboration Award

This year we again looked at collaboration in its widest form. This award was open to suppliers and organisations who have worked collaboratively within the supply chain.

Winner: ACKtiv Nuclear (joint venture of Jacobs, Atkins, Carillion) – a long-term collaboration working as an integrated team on the First Generation Magnox Storage Pond retrievals project with Shepley Engineers Ltd and Sellafield

The ACKtiv Nuclear joint venture of Jacobs, Atkins and Carillion is seen as the longest-running joint venture at Sellafield, supporting the First Generation Magnox Storage Pond (FGMSP). This project is pioneering advances into accelerated risk reduction in the decommissioning of legacy high-active facilities, seeking fit-for-purpose solutions and embracing innovation. The start of bulk sludge transfers from the FGMSP was only possible because of the collaboration between ACKtiv Nuclear, Sellafield and the supply chain, particularly Shepley Engineering.

Highly commended: nucleargraduates organisation – nucleargraduates development programme working with sponsors and a wide range of secondment host organisations

The success of the nucleargraduates scheme comes from the 11 sponsor organisations from across the nuclear, defence and regulation estates, as well as the 20 secondment host organisations which includes SMEs, government departments as well as international hosts. They come together frequently, to help the programme develop, to identify placements, even to house graduates who haven’t been housed elsewhere.

Export Award

An award for companies who have successfully exported overseas, from concepts, products and services originally conceived or implemented in the NDA estate.

Winner: Nuvia – Ignalina spent fuel store, Lithuania (design, manufacture, installation and testing of fuel handling equipment)

The fuel-handling equipment for Ignalina incorporated Nuvia’s accumulated knowledge gained from the team’s combined experience of remote handling equipment designs, including designs for nuclear fuel grabs, remote cranes and their controls and safety systems acquired form working over many years on NDA estate projects.

Minister’s Award

The Minister’s Award recognises the great value, flexibility and innovation that SMEs bring to the mission.

Winner: Stainless Metalcraft Ltd

The judges loved the story of 100 years of apprenticeships at an SME that intends to recruit up to 10 apprentices every year until at least 2020. It showed a company determined to supply products and equipment for high-integrity, mission-critical items well into the future, with its next generation of engineers trained to the highest standards.