Outsourcer Babcock has sealed a decade-long deal to design and build the specialist equipment needed to treat nuclear waste at the giant Sellafield atomic site in Cumbria. Worth £95m over the first three years of the deal’s life, Babcock’s Cavendish Nuclear subsidiary will develop and construct the handling and containment equipment at the company’s Rosyth Dockyard. The company is also involved in the construction of new aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy at Rosyth, the first of which has now been delivered. Babcock said the recently refurbished Rosyth had a “proven track record of delivering large-scale complex products”. Virtual reality technology will be used in the Sellafield project, with customers able to examine designs in a computer-generated world to check the ergonomics and identify any problems before the equipment goes into production. Winning the Sellafield deal is a welcome boost for Babcock. In March the company was part of a consortium that had its £6.1bn contract to decommission Britain’s ageing Magnox nuclear reactors terminated early by the Government. Babcock has a 65pc stake in the work, which the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority said would now end after five years instead of 15. It was made clear that Babcock’s work was not at fault but that the way the contract was awarded was mishandled.
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The engineering services group said that the deal has been struck through its subsidiary Cavendish Nuclear, which will design, manufacture and supply “complex bespoke equipment” for the treatment and management of nuclear materials. The contract will be worth up to £95 million over the first three years and virtual reality simulation will play a key part in delivering the contract, Babcock added. “Full-scale mock-ups with virtual reality headsets will allow the customer to test out the ergonomics and identify any modifications at the earliest possible stage,” the group said. Cavendish Nuclear will use Babcock’s Rosyth Dockyard for the project and use a UK supply chain specialising in nuclear.
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A major Fife dockyard is to lead a multi-million pound contract to supply the Sellafield power facility with specialist handling and containment systems to process nuclear material. Babcock said its Rosyth facility will be used by subsidiary group Cavendish Nuclear to fulfil the new 10-year contract. The deal is worth up to £95 million over the first three years and will see Cavendish meet all of Sellafield’s requirement for the design, manufacture and supply of complex bespoke equipment for the treatment and management of nuclear materials.
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