Mike Starkie, Mayor of Copeland, and Trudy Harrison, Member of Parliament for Copeland, have issued the following joint statement in response to Sellafield Ltd's Programme and Project Partners announcement today.
"We welcome the announcement of the Lot Partners on Sellafield Ltd’s Programme and Project Partners (PPP) framework, through which a significant portion of the site’s supply chain services in project and programme management, engineering and design, civil and process construction will be procured over the next 20 years.
"UK Government’s approval of this framework demonstrates confidence in the NDA and Sellafield Ltd to continue their world-leading work to overcome the complex and unique nuclear decommissioning challenges on the site. The announcement also marks a key milestone in Sellafield’s Transformation programme, and will fundamentally change the way that major projects are procured and delivered on the site, with a move towards outcome based contracting and a high degree of collaboration between the Lot Partners and the wider supply chain.
"This new framework offers great opportunity for us to work together with Sellafield Ltd and the Lot Partners to ensure extraction of maximum value from the Sellafield site, to deliver value to the taxpayer and to help to diversify and enhance the resilience of the local economy.
"This is of particular importance during the transformation of the Sellafield site as reprocessing operations end by 2020 and the company’s mission moves towards decommissioning and environmental remediation. There are associated opportunities for the new framework partners to make a positive impact on the local workforce, skills and education landscape and to help to deliver the targets set out in the Nuclear Sector Deal under the UK’s Industrial Strategy.
"This is a significant milestone in the evolution of the management of the Sellafield mission. Once again, we whole-heartedly congratulate KBR, Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure, Wood Nuclear and Doosan Babcock on their success, and offer our support to them in becoming key delivery partners in Copeland’s economic vision.
"We look forward to building strong, productive and lasting relationships with the PPP teams to realise our shared ambition to make Copeland a better place to live, work, and visit."
Sellafield Ltd's press release can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/sellafield-ltd-awards-20-year-project-partnership.