Nuclear specialist wins £10m contract for North West locations

Nuclear industry specialist Jacobs has been selected as full lifecycle delivery partner to support infrastructure renewal projects at various facilities in the North West run by the Government-owned National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL).

NNL estimates the contract value at £10m and the initial contract term is one year, with options for three additional one-year extensions.

Scope includes design, build and refurbishment work at the Windscale and Central Laboratories at Sellafield in Cumbria, a specialist analytical services and process chemistry facility in Preston and a test-rig center in Workington.

Karen Wiemelt, energy, security and technology senior vice president with Jacobs, said: “This work will help ensure that the UK’s advanced nuclear research and development capability remains world class. We will draw on our deep knowledge of nuclear engineering design and our decades-long experience of operating our own 12,000 square meter complex of laboratories and test rigs in Warrington.”

NNL’s facilities support new reactor build and existing reactor operations as well as decommissioning, clean-up and fuel processing plants, and handling and inspection services for nuclear material.

David Beacham, NNL chief customer officer, said: “It’s crucial that we continue to invest in our laboratories to meet our stakeholders’ needs as well as wider industry ambitions and to perform our role as the national laboratory for nuclear fission.

“Our people and facilities are our most important assets, so this project will continue to protect and create highly skilled jobs in the North West of England.”

US-owned Jacobs employs 2,750 staff at operations in Warrington, Manchester and Knutsford.

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