Sellafield, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, has awarded four 20-year contracts to help decommission the UK’s most complex nuclear site.

The contracts have been awarded to Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR) as integration partner; Wood as design and engineering partner; Morgan Sindall Infrastructure as civils construction management partner; and Doosan Babcock as process construction management partner.

The firms have been selected as part of the new Programme and Project Partners (PPP) procurement model, which intends to revolutionize project delivery at Sellafield.

Under the $1bn contract, Wood will be responsible for providing the front end design and engineering capability and services to deliver a portfolio of major projects and site wide project delivery improvements.

Wood will work with the other lot partners for integration, civils construction and process construction in order to optimize design, construction and process construction in order to optimize design, constructability, and overall project delivery.

Wood’s Specialist Technical Solutions business Bob MacDonald CEO said: “We already have a deep, shared history with Sellafield and this new appointment provides a platform for us to assist with safe and secure operation and clean-up over the next two decades.”

The Sellafield nuclear site is currently under a 100-year environmental remediation program, which aims to accelerate decommissioning of old facilities and moving the waste into safe containment for centuries to come.

Sellafield CEO Paul Foster said: “The award of the PPP contracts marks the start of a new, and very different, journey for Sellafield Ltd and our supply chain partners.

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