The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority today named Babcock Dounreay Partnership as its preferred bidder to acquire Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd.
Babcock Dounreay Partnership is a consortium of Babcock International Group, CH2M HILL and URS.
Subject to legal, contractual and regulatory clearance, it will formally acquire the site licence company on April 2, 2012, from its existing parent body, UKAEA Ltd, part of Babcock International Group.
Today’s announcement is the latest phase of competition for the clean-up of Britain’s 20th century nuclear legacy.
Historically, the operation and start of decommissioning work at Dounreay was carried out by the UK Atomic Energy Authority, a non-departmental public body of the UK Government.
Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd was formed in 2008 to enable this work to be competed, with the workforce previously employed by the UK Atomic Energy Authority moving across to the new site licence company.
In 2009, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority invited bids for a contract to complete the site clean-up, with the successful bidder acquiring DSRL as the site licence company with the necessary regulatory consents in place to carry out the work.