Morgan Sindall is among the four companies named as preferred partners for a £4.5bn, 20-year programme.
The “Programme and Project Partners” model aims to establish long-term relationships to deliver the site’s decommissioning programme.
Sellafield and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority said that the four businesses will work together as Sellafield looks to achieve its goal of moving from being a nuclear operator to a world leader in environmental remediation.
The partnership is made up of four lots, the first two being worth up to £750m each and the civils and process management lots £1.5bn each. The preferred bidders are:
- Integration – Kellogg Brown & Root
- Design & engineering – Wood Nuclear
- Civils construction management – Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure
- Process construction management – Doosan Babcock Ltd
Martin Chown, Sellafield’s supply chain director, said: “The Programme and Project Partners marks a major step-change in the way we deliver major projects and ultimately our clean-up mission.
“It will revolutionise our relationship with the supply chain and ensure projects are delivered safely, quickly, and cost effectively. The new approach will provide 20 years of sustainable employment in the design and construction supply chain and enhance the skills of the workforce.
“The Programme and Project Partners is fundamental to our aspiration to develop and maintain internationally respected centres of nuclear expertise in our local communities.”
There will now be a stand-still period prior to contract finalisation and award.
Morhsan Sindall is already working with Sellafield, in a £1.1bn joint venture with Arup on the Sellafield Infrastructure Strategic Alliance, which was awarded in 2012 with a delivery period of up to 15 years.