Studsvik worked collaboratively with ALE Transport and LLWR to deliver a significant decommissioning project involving the removal of massive redundant heat exchangers lay down at the Magnox Berkeley Site. Total dedication, absolute commitment and collaborative effort were the overriding qualities shown by the winners, of the first-ever NDA Estate Supply Chain Awards in Manchester.
The prestigious new awards recognise the importance of businesses both large and small to the nuclear clean-up mission, highlighting the value of joint working and innovative thinking.
Studsvik began work in November 2011 when they were appointed the main contractor by LLWR for the transport and treatment of 5 of the 15, 311 tonne radioactive boilers. Studsvik project managed the preparation of the boilers on-site before and the transportion from Berkeley site via road, barge and sea vessel, to Studsvik’s own specialist nuclear licensed recycling facility in Sweden. The sheer size of each boiler meant that this project represented a huge step forward in the decommissioning of the Berkeley site and is the largest ever shipment of decommissioned components from a UK nuclear site. The project was carried out against challenging targets and has been successfully delivered to programme and cost through excellent collaborative working between site licence companies and the supply chain.
A series of presentations were made during the second joint NDA Estate Supply chain Event in Bolton, to the winners in three categories: Innovation, Going the Extra Mile and Collaboration. Ron Gorham, Chair of the judging panel and the NDA's Head of Supply Chain and SME Champion, said: “We were extremely impressed by the collaborative working, range of innovation and sheer dedication of our supply chain, whether they were large consortia or small enterprises – all make a hugely valuable contribution to our mission, and we could not function without them."
During the project, Studsvik also engaged with other companies in the supply chain including Costain, Assystem, Doosan Power Systems, Wynn & Sons, Meriaura and Oceaneering.