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Joint venture secures major new Sellafield decommissioning contract

A joint venture between Amec Foster Wheeler, Hertel (UK) Ltd, and Shepley Engineers Ltd has been awarded a key framework agreement by Sellafield Ltd under the new Decommissioning Delivery Partnership (DDP) to support the accelerated clean-up of the Sellafield nuclear site in West Cumbria.

The 10-yearframework, predicted to be worth around £125 million over its duration plus extra headroom for further project work, will help prepare the Magnox Swarf Storage Silo (MSSS) facility as it moves to a new phase of retrieving waste from its compartments. Due to the age of the building, asset care work also forms an integral part of the scope and the joint venture will also help support Sellafield Ltd’s strategic planning and design capability.

The joint venture partners have been working collaboratively at Sellafield through the existing Multi-Discipline Site Works (MDSW) framework. Under the new agreement, they will continue to share knowledge and experience and allocate work accordingly to provide the necessary skills.

A key factor in being part of the framework was the commitment by the joint venture partners to support the Cumbrian economy by using local sub-contractors and creating jobs, apprenticeships and skills development opportunities.

The safe and cost-effective clean-up of the Sellafield site is a vital part of the NDA’s mission and this joint venture brings world-class expertise to face what is a huge challenge. This work will enable the partner companies, all of whom have a significant presence in Cumbria, to sustain the local workforce and continue to provide training and development opportunities. The work will also create the possibility of further opportunities into the wider Cumbrian supply chain.
Andy White, Vice President Nuclear Services of Amec Foster Wheeler’s Clean Energy business
This is a hugely significant piece of work as part of the clean-up of Sellafield. During the last two years, we have developed a close working relationship with our partners and Sellafield Ltd and together we have been able to demonstrate our ability to deliver real value for money in a safe and efficient manner. The new framework provides the opportunity of working collectively in the shared pursuit of accelerated risk reduction for the site.
David Fitzsimons, Hertel UK Managing Director
Along with our two delivery partners we are delighted to have won the opportunity to be playing an integral part in supporting Sellafield in delivery of their primary mission. Our collaborative team are looking forward to building on our current knowledge, skills and right first time approach to ensure safe delivery of the pre-requisites for decommissioning. Using predominantly local labour and the supply chain, we will seek to build on this success throughout the lifetime of the framework by continually looking to remove barriers and maximise future opportunities.
Hendry O’Reilly, Director at Shepley Engineers
The Decommissioning Delivery Partnership is going to be a crucial part of our mission to reduce the risk on the Sellafield site by getting waste out of high-hazard facilities as soon as possible.

Work on the Magnox Swarf Storage Silo is a key part of this mission and we look forward to working with Amec Foster Wheeler, Hertel (UK) Ltd, and Shepley Engineers Ltd over the next decade to ensure this work delivers benefits not only on the site but also in the wider community. Everyone in the framework is committed to achieving the best possible socio-economic outcomes in areas such as building skills for young people and ensuring small to medium sized enterprises also benefit from this major investment in decommissioning the site.
Tom Foster, Chief Decommissioning Officer at Sellafield Ltd

The joint venture partners have a long-standing relationship with the site with Amec Foster Wheeler having worked there for more than 40 years, Hertel 26 and Shepley Engineers for 60. This provides invaluable experience and provides the knowledge with which to deliver the new work and support the site clean-up during the next decade.




Notes to editors

Amec Foster Wheeler ( designs, delivers and maintains strategic and complex assets for its customers across the global energy and related sectors.


With pro-forma 2014 annualised scope revenues of £5.5 billion and over 40,000 people in more than 55 countries, the company operates across the whole of the oil and gas industry – from production through to refining, processing and distribution of derivative products – and in the mining, clean energy, power generation, pharma, environment and infrastructure markets.


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Hertel, since 1895, is a leading international, multi-disciplinary, industrial services company. It supports its customers with access solutions, insulation, corrosion protection, mechanical and non-process related technical services in the industry. Hertel is working for customers in the oil and gas, process and energy industries. Because of the international presence of Hertel’s customers, the company is organised in and around the locations of its customers. Safety and quality are key to Hertel’s performance.


Hertel differentiates itself by offering integrated services throughout all phases of the lifecycle of industrial assets: from the building of new assets, to maintenance, shut downs, modifications and decommissioning. Thanks to its international presence and its professional workforce of more than 10,000 employees Worldwide, Hertel has been able to develop long-term relationships with its customers in Europe, Caspian, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.


In 1975 Hertel established operations in the UK and Ireland, with a Head Office in Middlesbrough, Teesside and regional offices at Preston Brook in Runcorn, Grimsby and Foynes in County Limerick, Ireland. Hertel is as committed today as ever to providing an effective and efficient occupational health and safety system for its 2,500 employees throughout the UK and Ireland.


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Shepley Engineers Limited are a ME&I multi discipline contractor based in Cumbria specialising in works predominantly within the nuclear and chemical process environments. Our work involves high integrity site and workshop activity within these challenging sectors The company was founded in Manchester in 1947 and we have had a permanent presence at the Sellafield nuclear site since that time.


Operating within the nuclear engineering and decommissioning areas for over 60 years we have become established as a major contractor and currently provide mechanical, HVAC and electrical construction, dismantling and decommissioning services involving the deployment of a highly skilled experienced workforce and support staff. Our delivery ranges from design and build projects to operational asset care support and decommissioning across the full range of project and task delivery stages. Due to the range of services and capabilities provided we are currently engaged at a number of licensed sites in various capacities ranging from main contractor to sub-contractor and in some instances as advisor and consultant.