Rosyth wins as Babcock gets £95m Sellafield deal

Babcock subsidiary Cavendish Nuclear and its supplier Jordan Manufacturing have been awarded a 10-year contract worth up to £95 million to supply Sellafield Ltd with Glove Box Systems to process nuclear material.

Cavendish Nuclear will use Babcock’s Rosyth facility, one of the UK’s largest manufacturing facilities.

Following investment in new workshops, fabrication bays and remote overhead cranes, it has a proven track record in delivering large-scale complex products including the containment doors for the pile fuel cladding silo at Sellafield.

The contract is an integral part of Sellafield Ltd’s strategy for the long-term management of special nuclear material at the site, with the first glove boxes ready to be installed in the early 2020’s.

Martin Chown, Sellafield Ltd supply chain director, said: “Safe and secure clean-up of the nuclear legacy at Sellafield is our number one priority.

“Treatment and management of nuclear materials in the appropriate environment is vital.

“Placing this contract with Cavendish Nuclear — a highly respected nuclear services provider — is an important step in our mission.

“The company has pledged to deliver a positive social impact for our local community during the contract. I look forward to working with them to ensure this delivers the maximum possible value.”

Cavendish Nuclear specialises in the design, manufacture and delivery of services across the nuclear lifecycle and has extensive experience of working across Sellafield, including ongoing work on the design of remote-handling equipment for the product and residues treatment plant.

Paul Smith, managing director of nuclear services at Cavendish Nuclear, said: “We are delighted to continue to support Sellafield Ltd in the delivery of this strategically important programme.

“We believe our collaborative approach to delivery is what differentiates our offer — collaboration is embedded within Cavendish Nuclear and its parent company’s DNA.

“Our team offers Sellafield Ltd significant manufacturing capacity to meet the demands of the programme whilst also providing opportunities to share best practice across suppliers.”