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Balfour Beatty JV gains power of nuclear framework contract

Balfour Beatty’s joint venture (JV) with AMEC and Jacobs has been awarded a four-year framework contract to provide a new nuclear waste processing plant at Sellafield in Cumbria.

The plant is part of Sellafield’s extensive programme to prepare hazardous nuclear waste for storage and disposal, and the three-way, equal JV will be the sole contractor on the framework with Sellafield Limited.

The new Box Encapsulation Plant (BEP) is designed to treat Magnox reactor waste stored at Sellafield by containing it in concrete and getting it ready for long term storage.

Under the terms of the agreement, the JV will be responsible for the complete life cycle of the scheme from design, engineering, procurement, installation and construction management through to commissioning and handover. Balfour Beatty’s Major Projects business will provide a broad range of expertise including civil engineering, construction and mechanical and electrical capabilities, and supply chain management.

The project is potentially worth between £240 million and £336 million over the four year time frame.

Commenting on the project, Balfour Beatty UK construction chief executive officer Nicholas Pollard said:

“Balfour Beatty has a strong heritage in the nuclear sector including a 35 year presence at Sellafield. This is an important project to reduce hazardous waste across the Sellafield site and Balfour Beatty and our partners will draw upon and share our extensive experience of safely delivering major nuclear facilities. This latest award underscores Balfour Beatty’s success and capability in the UK power sector. ”

Work is scheduled to commence in the last quarter of 2014. The JV is committed to engaging local small and medium sized businesses in the supply chain and employing local apprentices and trainees.

Last week, Balfour Beatty was appointed by Magnox to deliver the £34 million Solid Intermediate Level Waste Encapsulation contract at Hunterston, a former power station in North Ayrshire.

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