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Sunday, 26 October 2014

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Preferred bid named for £1.4bn Sellafield contract

THE preferred bidder has been announced for a new £1.4 billion Sellafield project.

The joint venture a.m.a. was announced as Sellafield Ltd’s preferred bidder for the Silos Direct Encapsulation (SDP) project.

The SDP will be a purpose-built building to process nuclear waste recovered from the Magnox Swaf Storage Silo, one of the oldest nuclear waste silos on the Sellafield site. It will then package the waste for safe long-term storage. It is the only contract of its kind in the world.

a.m.a was created specifically to compete for this contract, and is made up of the French company Areva, and British companies Mace, and Atkins.

Scott Reeder, Sellafield Ltd’s chief projects officer, said: “The market recognised the challenges presented by this important and complex project and two strong joint venture organisations emerged to tender for the contract. Sellafield Ltd was very pleased with the quality, capability and commitment offered by each of these organisations.”

A public procurement phase is expected to last several months. Sellafield Ltd will enter a period of preferred bidder clarification and confirmation of commitment with a.m.a. The final contract award will require approval from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

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