Summer 2019

Enhancing JFN's reputation for nuclear expertise

New contracts for JFN consolidate its lead role in the UK nuclear decommissioning market

James Fisher Nuclear (JFN) has won a suite of new contracts in Scotland and Sweden which recognise its position as a key player in both decommissioning and remote handling.

Last year JFN formed a joint venture group called Nuclear Decommissioning Ltd (NDL) which brings together leading decommissioning businesses, Shepley Engineers, REACT Engineering and WYG. Now the consortium has been awarded a multi-million pound services framework for Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL).

Although the four companies have worked together on projects in the past, working together as NDL enables them to offer a substantially increased capability and capacity to DSRL.

The award of the DSRL framework puts JFN in a strong position to be involved at the site over the next four to seven years, helping to deliver the safe demolition of the Dounreay nuclear power plant on Scotland’s north Caithness coast.

The NDL companies will contribute a wide range of services to ensure site safety, including architecture, civil and structural engineering, design, and project management.

As the UK’s centre for fast reactor research and submarine reactor testing, the Dounreay nuclear power complex included one of only two fast breeder reactors ever built in the UK. Its decommissioning is widely recognised as one of Europe’s most complex nuclear closure programmes and Scotland’s largest decommissioning project.

For the Dounreay contract, the NDL companies have pledged a commitment to invest in local skills (offering training courses, apprenticeships and work experience places) in a move which will have a long-lasting impact on the local economy.

Paul Read, managing director of JFN says:

‘This contract marks a strategic commitment by NDL to the future of the Caithness and Sutherland area. The whole team at NDL is looking forward to exploring opportunities to invest in local talent and to bring our collective expertise to the Dounreay site, ultimately supporting DSRL to safely deliver its programme.’

Separately, the JFN team has also won two contracts to help support the work of the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) Remote Applications in Challenging Environments team (RACE) by supplying specialised equipment for its new international research facility in Sweden.

On the back of this, the team has now been asked to supply a complete robotic handling system (RHS) which will be used to carry out highly technical operations in the linear accelerator active cells facility at the European Spallation Source (ESS) research base.

‘We’ve been building our relationship with UKAEA and RACE for many years,’ says Stuart Yellowlees, chief operating officer for JFN, ‘and we were delighted to win such a high profile contract to deliver a robotic handling system in May of this year and play our part in making the ESS the next great ‘Big Science’ research facility.'

JFN will design, manufacture, install and commission an integrated package of remotely operated manipulators, hoists and cranes to handle radioactive components which are produced as a by-product of ESS research activities.

ESS is one of Europe’s largest science projects, backed by 17 European countries and constructed as an accelerator-based facility to produce neutrons for a large array of advanced instruments, which will enable scientists to see and understand basic atomic structures and forces. It is anticipated to make new opportunities for scientific discovery possible for researchers working in the fields of materials and life sciences, energy, environmental technology, cultural heritage and fundamental physics.

'This marks a significant step in the strengthening commercial relationship between UKAEA and JFN and firmly establishes JFN as one of the pre-eminent nuclear remote handling businesses in the UK.'

Adds Stuart.

 European Spallation Source graphic:

ESS graphic

Further information on JFN's involvement in nuclear decommissioning at Dounreay:

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