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UKAEA Awards £90 Million
Contract (Biggest Ever) To RWE Nukem
The contract covers the full range of radiological protection services including health physics monitoring, radiological protection advice and an Approved Dosimetry Service that includes monitoring of personal radiation film badges. It covers UKAEA's decommissioning sites at Dounreay, Caithness, Windscale, Cumbria, Harwell, Oxfordshire and Winfrith, Dorset, together with some services at the fusion research centre at Culham, also in Oxfordshire
Paul White, UKAEA's Finance Director, commented: "A review of radiological protection services across UKAEA concluded that a single contract across all of our sites was the best way to ensure a consistent standard of service and to maximise value for money for the tax-payer.
"In our industry where effective radiation safety is essential these services will be key to the success of our site restoration programmes. We have therefore adopted a new partnering approach for this contract - UKAEA and RWE NUKEM working together to provide the best quality support services to our sites."
Welcoming the announcement, Mike Down, Managing Director of RWE NUKEM, said: "We are delighted to be awarded this contract. It builds on our existing health physics services for UKAEA and reflects the hard work and dedication of our health physics staff. The duration of the contract ensures long term stability and the opportunity to develop a genuine team approach focusing on continuous improvement and sharing information across the sites so that our staff can provide the best service to UKAEA."
UKAEA is responsible for managing the decommissioning of the nuclear reactors and other radioactive facilities used for the UK's nuclear research and development programme in a safe and environmentally sensitive manner. The objective is to restore the sites for conventional use. It is also responsible for the UK's input to the European fusion research programme at its Culham site and for maximising the income from the land and buildings at its sites.
UKAEA has made significant progress: