Capita / Sellafield Ltd
We are delighted to have been appointed as a supplier supporting Capita in its supply chain delivery of staffing solutions to
Sellafield Ltd (formally known as British Nuclear Group) also covering Risley & Capenhurst.
National Nuclear Laboratory (Formally known as Nexia),
Springfield Fuels (Formally known as British Nuclear Group)
Low Level Waste Repository Ltd (Formally known as Drigg)
About the Client
In July 2007, British Nuclear Group re-branded and became Sellafield Ltd with locations at: Sellafield, Risley, Daresbury and Capenhurst.
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority owns all of the UK's civil nuclear assets and liabilities - including the Sellafield and Capenhurst sites. Sellafield Ltd safely manages the day-to-day operations on the Sellafield and Capenhurst sites under contract to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
Their Parent Body Organisation, Nuclear Management Partners Ltd holds their shares and provides strategic direction to Sellafield Ltd.
The Sellafield and Capenhurst sites are both regulated by the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NII), the Environment Agency (EA) and the Office for Civil Nuclear Security (OCNS).
At Sellafield they:
• Remediate, decommission and demolish redundant facilities
• Safely process low, intermediate and high level nuclear waste
• Safely store intermediate and high level waste in engineered stores
• Manufacture Mixed Oxide (MOX) fuel
• Reprocess spent nuclear fuel
• Undertake a range of supporting business functions
At Capenhurst they:
• Decommissioning and dismantle historic enrichment facilities
At Risley they:
Provide engineering capability to Sellafield Ltd
• Undertake a range of supporting business functions
On the 29th July 2007 LLW Repository Limited separated from the Sellafield site and became a stand alone site licence company. It was the first NDA site to go through the competition process.
The main focus at the LLW Repository is to provide a safe, cost effective and sustained low level waste management service to customers. Work on the site is currently being delivered in four phases leading to Site Closure in 2059. The emptied and redundant facilities used to store and retrieve PCM are being cleaned out with demolition by 2010.
A significant construction programme is planned to provide future capacity on the site in the form of Vault 9 and plans are afoot for a rolling programme of modular vaults to allow them to receive LLW up to 2050.
NATIONAL NUCLEAR LABORATORY:
On March 23rd 2009, the UK Government's Department of Energy and Climate Change announced that a consortium made up of Serco, Battelle and the University of Manchester was the preferred bidder in the competition to manage the UK's National Nuclear Laboratory.
On Friday 3rd April, the contract was signed and the new management team took over responsibility for the business at midnight on Sunday 5th April.
Laboratory management is a core competence of all three organisations and between them, Serco, Battelle and the University of Manchester managed ten Government owned Contractor operated (GoCo) national laboratories in the UK and US, including the NNL.
An experienced and innovative management team has been put in place to ensure a successful future for the National Nuclear Laboratory.
NNL is a nuclear technology services provider. The business specialises in providing customers with tailored solutions in a number of key areas:
• Nuclear Science
• Waste and Residue Management
• Plant Process Support
• Modelling and Simulation
• Materials and Corrosion
• Environmental Management
• Homeland Security and Non-Proliferation
• Specialist Analytical Services
• Knowledge, Data and Laboratory Management
In April 2005, responsibility for the assets and liabilities of Springfields transferred to a new UK Government body, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). The NDA is a public body whose purpose is to oversee and manage the clean up and decommissioning of the nuclear sites under its responsibility. (www.nda.gov.uk)
The company holding the nuclear license (i.e. Site License Company) to operate Springfields is Springfields Fuels Limited, which was formed April 2005 as part of the government's reorganisation of the nuclear industry in the UK.
Westinghouse Electric UK Ltd is the Management & Operations (M&O) company running Springfields and Springfields Fuels Limited on the NDA's behalf.
Current Sites Serviced By Capita
Sellafield Ltd - Sellafield Site
The Sellafield site, covering an area of approximately 4 square kilometres on the West Cumbria coast just north of the village of Seascale, represents the most challenging nuclear site management programme in the world. Managed and operated by Sellafield Ltd on behalf of the site owner, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, activities centre on remediation, decommissioning and clean-up of the historic legacy. The site is also home to the Thorp and Magnox reprocessing plants, the Sellafield Mixed Oxide Fuel manufacturing plant and a wide range of waste management and effluent treatment facilities. Sellafield’s primary objective at the site as the tier 1 management and operations contractor is to continue to manage plant operations an extensive clean-up and decommissioning programme which is carried out day-to-day by site licensee company Sellafield Ltd.
Sellafield Ltd - Risley
Birchwood Park Avenue
Hinton House is located at Risley in Warrington and is the North West based design office for Sellafield Limited. It exists geographically for its ability to recruit skills from the thriving NW Engineering marketplace. The departments mirror the different project areas at site which require an increased design and support focus. Often project teams are heavily involved in upfront design and calculations for site based projects. Also providing a longer term live project support service and thus the ASW’s hold split Site/Risley based positions. Being purely design focused the variety of roles are limited to technical white collar workers. Mostly being degree/HND qualified engineers. The demographic reflects the engineering industry as a whole being an ageing population but is represented from student level upwards across all age groups.
Sellafield Ltd - Capenhurst
The Capenhurst site is split into two parts, one owned by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and the other by Urenco Capenhurst Ltd (UCL).
The decommissioning site, which is operated by the NDA’s contractor, Sellafield Ltd, consists of a former uranium enrichment facility, which ceased operations in 1982. Since then it has mostly been decommissioned, which means redundant plant and equipment has been removed. Many buildings on site have been demolished to create reusable space, while the rest has been upgraded to safely store uranic materials, which are a by-product of recycling used fuel at Sellafield.
For more information about Sellafield Ltd, visit their website at: www.sellafieldsites.com
Low Level Waste Repository
The low-level waste repository at Drigg is the UK's national low-level waste (LLW) disposal facility and is located on the West Cumbria coast approximately 7 km South East of Sellafield. It has operated safely as the principal national disposal facility for low-level radioactive wastes since 1959. The waste is disposed of in engineered concrete vaults and where possible the waste is compacted, containerised and grouted before placement in the vaults. The majority of waste disposed is transported by rail from Sellafield. All other waste arrives by road from other UK nuclear facilities, hospitals, research establishments and other industries. The waste typically comprises paper, packing materials, plastic sheeting, protective clothing and redundant equipment. Other types of LLW include bulky and heavy items resulting from the decommissioning of nuclear facilities and old industrial sites. More than £100 million has been invested in the infrastructure of the site since 1999 to preserve the facility as a long-term UK national repository. The packaging and removal of Plutonium Contaminated Material (PCM) from the site is also undertaken at the low-level waste repository at Drigg for safe long-term storage at Sellafield.
For more information about LLWR Ltd, visit their website at: www.llwrsite.com
Springfields Fuels Ltd
Springfields, near Preston, has provided nuclear fuel fabrication services since the mid-1940's - in fact it was the first plant in the world to produce fuel for a commercial power station. The site has witnessed many changes over the years and today it is run and operated by Springfields Fuels Limited, under the management of Westinghouse Electric UK Limited.
Springfields was the first plant in the world to make nuclear fuel and to date has produced several million fuel elements and provided products and services for over 140 reactors in more than 15 countries. In November 1999, following the acquisition of Westinghouse by BNFL and their American partners, Morrison Knudsen, Springfields became the UK Fuel Business of the Westinghouse Nuclear Fuel Business Unit.
For more information about Springfields Fuels Ltd, visit their website at: www.westinghousenuclear.com\businesses\nuclear_fuel\springfields_site.shtm
National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL)
(based at Sellafield, Risley and Springfields)
National Nuclear Laboratory’s aim is to build a sustainable business, which will incorporate key UK nuclear skills and facilities. This business provides a core offering of technology services and solutions across the nuclear fuel cycle - primarily based in the UK but with an increasing overseas market presence.