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Sellafield silo facility to be delivered by Balfour Beatty JV

Balfour Beatty Joint Venture will deliver third phase of the Sellafield silo facility contract worth £160M

Balfour Beatty has announced today that it, and joint venture partner Cavendish Nuclear, has received instruction to deliver the third phase of a contract to construct a new silo maintenance facility for Sellafield Ltd. 

Working in a 45:55 joint venture, Balfour Beatty and Cavendish Neclear, the UK’s largest specialist services the nuclear industry supplier, will deliver the facility which is an integral part of the long term waste retrieval hazard reduction programme at Sellafield. 

The previous phases consisted of a £5.5M preliminary design phase and £12.5M detailed design and enabling works. The final phase will see delivery of the new mechanical handling plant which will support two existing waste silos with retrieving historic waste and reducing hazard. It will be a heavily reinforced concrete structure with a footprint of 0.5 hectares and will stand at 25m high. At its heart there will be robotic installations which will enable the Sellafield team to operate in a safe and controlled environment. 

Balfour Beatty is bringing together its broad range of expertise to delve the project including design, procurement, civil engineering, construction and mechanical and electrical capabilities. The company will also provide fully integrated commissioning and pre-operations delivery strategy and will train the Sellafield employees in operation of the facility. 

Building Information Modelling is currently underway by a team of over 100 engineers, including nuclear specialists, civil and structural engineers and architectural technicians. This will create a full 4D design specification which will dramatically reduce the construction programme. At its height the construction work will employ over 300 people and is expected to run until Autumn 2017. 

Balfour Beatty Executive Chairman, Steve Marshall said: “The UK infrastructure market includes significant opportunities for nuclear decommissioning and clean-up activities. Similarly, new nuclear build and the construction of new power generation projects will bring us an opportunity to deploy our extensive experience.

“Balfour Beatty has a strong heritage in the nuclear sector including our work across the existing fleet of UK nuclear power stations and our 35 year presence at Sellafield.  We look forward to working with Cavendish Nuclear to deliver a facility that will support Sellafield Ltd’s overall waste retrieval and hazard reduction programme.“