The largest ever design and build contract to be let at Sellafield – a £140m award for a waste treatment plant – has been won by Kvaerner Construction.
Kvaerner will carry out the 40-month project in joint venture with Tarmac and AEA Technology, with Design Group Partnership as subcontractor.
Bob Akroyd, managing director of Kvaerner Construction in the UK, said British Nuclear Fuels would also have a significant presence on an integrated engineering/project management team, which at its peak would number just under 200 people. In the construction phase, the project will create up to 350 jobs on the site.
The box encapsulation plant will grout much of the accumulated intermediate level waste at Sellafield into 3m3 stainless steel boxes for long-term storage and ultimate disposal.
Kvaerner took the contract from Amec, which was bidding in joint vent-ure with BNFL’s own engineering operation, BEL.
In its former existence as Davy McKee Nuclear, Kvaerner Construction won a design and build contract in 1985 for another big waste treatment facility at Sellafield – the Enhanced Actinide Removal Plant – which was handed over in 1993. ‘Really we’ve got the same team as we had on EARP,’ said Akroyd.
* Bristol-based Strachan & Henshaw has won an £8.5m contract for specialised nuclear handling equipment for British Nuclear Fuels.