Serco wins contract to provide Emergency Planning to Sellafield

Published: 14 Oct 2013

Serco, the international service company, has secured a major three year contract with Sellafield Ltd to assist them with the delivery of their Emergency Management Improvement Programme (EMIP).

The EMIP contract covers the supply of Emergency Management Professionals and Technical Advisors to strengthen the existing emergency management arrangements already in place at Sellafield.  The initial three year contract has an option to extend by a further twelve months and is worth in around £16m.

Sellafield Ltd is a Nuclear Management Partners company, operated under contract to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and is responsible for safely delivering decommissioning, reprocessing and nuclear waste management.

Serco is the prime contractor for the work with Berwicks Consulting and the National Nuclear Laboratories (NNL) providing sub-contractor support.  Serco will be able to draw on its existing emergency response capabilities at the UK Emergency Planning College, Atomic Weapons Establishment and International Fire Training Centre to deliver Sellafield's requirements.  Further subject matter expertise is being provided by Berwicks, who have a track record in supporting emergency preparedness to the UK civil nuclear sector together with NNL's proven nuclear technical skills.  At the height of the contract as many as 40 staff will be deployed to the Sellafield site.

Ronnie Coutts, Serco's Contract Director for Training and Resilience, said; "We're delighted to be chosen as a trusted partner of Sellafield to support them in this innovative project. The team of Serco, Berwicks and NNL is unique in its experience and depth of knowledge of UK nuclear and high hazard sites and we're looking forward to working at Sellafield."