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Wood wins Dounreay decommissioning services contract

Dounreay nuclear site

Wood has won a multi-million dollar framework contract to provide decommissioning solutions at the Dounreay nuclear site in Scotland, UK.

Effective immediately, it will run for up to seven years including two potential extensions and is worth an estimated $520 million, shared among six suppliers.

The decommissioning services framework covers construction of new build projects required to enable the decommissioning of the Dounreay site; deplanting, decommissioning, decontamination and demolition of redundant facilities; and all associated project management, controls, engineering, design, safety case and site remediation requirements.

Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL), the company in charge of restoring the UK’s former fast reactor research and development centre in Caithness, has appointed preferred bidders who will compete for call-off contracts on projects to take the site to its interim end state.

Wood, as prime contractor, is partnered with sub-contractors Orano, GDES and Aquila under the Dounreay Wood Alliance.

Bob MacDonald, CEO of Wood’s Specialist Technical Solutions business, said: “This framework contract is an important addition to our portfolio of work at Dounreay. It enhances our market share in nuclear decommissioning, cements our long-term commitment to the Caithness region, and provides another opportunity to bring Wood’s multi-sector experience to bear.

“Combined with the design and engineering framework that we signed last year, we now have a route to market across the entire Dounreay site.”

Wood’s nuclear business employs more than 1,300 people in the North West of England, mainly at Knutsford and Birchwood in Cheshire and at Sellafield and Whitehaven in Cumbria.

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