ava JV wins UK plant nuclear decommissioning deal

Project part of waste retrieval and hazard reduction at Sellafield


Sellafield Ltd has announced that a joint venture comprising Areva, Mace and Atkins has been selected as the preferred bidder for its Silos Direct-encapsulation Plant (SDP) project, one of the highest profile nuclear decommissioning projects in the UK.

The SDP is a bespoke, mechanical handling and encapsulation plant for nuclear Intermediate Level Waste (ILW).

The project is an integral part of the waste retrieval and hazard reduction programme for the Magnox, Swarf, Storage Silo (MSSS) at Sellafield, which is of strategic importance to the UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

The joint venture partners will take the project through detailed design, construction, manufacture, procurement, installation, and inactive commissioning.

Sellafield Ltd will now enter a period of Preferred Bidder Clarification and confirmation of commitment with a.m.a. while the contract is finalised and all legal processes are completed. The final contract award will require approval from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

As part of the preferred bidder announcement, 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.”

This important project for the UK nuclear industry is expected to mobilise several hundred people.  

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