The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has annouced that Babcock Dounreay Partnership is the preferred bidder in the competition to take ownership of Dounreay Site Restoration Limited, after a two-year public procurement process.
Following a mandatory 10-day standstill period, a three-month transition phase will begin during which the contract between the NDA and Babcock Dounreay Partnership will be finalised with the aim of awarding the contract in April 2012. Babcock Dounreay Partnership is a specially created private sector consortium comprising Babcock Nuclear Services Ltd, CH2M Hill and URS Holdings (UK) Ltd.
The transition period provides time for members of the new executive team to introduce themselves to the existing management and workforce, and undertake a handover period from existing management, NDA said.
Following successful transition, Babcock Dounreay Partnership will become the new Parent Body Organisation and take ownership through share transfer of Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL), the Site Licence Company which is responsible for decommissioning at the Scottish site.
The competitive process continues until share transfer on 2 April 2012, and the NDA intends that the non-preferred bid remains in reserve until then.