Decommissioning planning, UK (Deadline: 26 February 2010)

12 February 2010

Scottish Enterprise are seeking to identify suitably qualified and experienced companies capable of delivering a programme of support and development to Scottish companies to raise awareness of suitable supply chain opportunities and ensure they are in a position to compete for contracts as well as providing linkages to those organisations responsible for procurement activities e.g. Site Licence Companies and Tier 2 contractors. It is anticipated this will be done through delivery of market intelligence, business support and mentoring, brokerage service, technology/knowledge transfer; this list is not exhaustive and other mechanisms may be utilised in final project delivery.

Funding for this project has not yet been approved by Scottish Enterprise therefore bidders participate in the procurement process entirely at their own risk. Scottish Enterprise will no reimburse any bid costs as a result of funding not being made available.

Note: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland Web Site at http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/Search/Search_Switch.aspx?ID=183868.

Contact: Scottish Enterprise, Solway House, Tinwald Downs Road, Heathhall, Attn: Karen McKenzie, Dumfries G2 6HQ, UNITED KINGDOM. Tel. +44 1387245259. E-mail: karen.mckenzie@scotent.co.uk. Fax +44 1387246224. URL: http://www.scottish-enterprise.com/.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has responsibility for managing the clean up of the UK’s first generation of civil nuclear facilities including three nuclear power sites in Scotland at Dounreay, Hunterston and Chapelcross. The NDA plan to spend circa GBP 73 000 000 000 on decommissioning and clean up of which in excess of GBP 6 000 000 000 will be spent in Scotland. However the majority of the NDA budget will be spent on dealing with the decommissioning, clean up and associated works at Sellafield which will account for around 65 % of spend.

Scotland has a number of engineering and manufacturing businesses already delivering services to the nuclear decommissioning sector, however there are many companies in Scotland, particularly SME's who are not aware of the supply chain opportunities which exist within the nuclear decommissioning sector primarily because of the perception that it is ‘nuclear’; in fact many of the tasks required to decommission a nuclear facility are the same as required in the general building and civil engineering sectors. Specialist service opportunities exist in areas such as project management and remote handling. The location of Sellafield in West Cumbria means that supply chain opportunities there should be accessible to Scottish companies.

Nuclear Decommissioning is recognised as a target sector within the Scottish Enterprise Energy strategy as part of the key sectors approach. Scottish Enterprise recognises that the priority for NDA spend over the next few years will be at Sellafield and Dounreay. This provides an opportunity for Scottish companies to develop their capabilities in nuclear decommissioning with a view to accessing wider opportunities; the global nuclear decommissioning market is estimated at over GBP 300 000 000 000 over the next 30 years.

Scottish Enterprise are seeking to identify suitably qualified and experienced companies capable of delivering a programme of support and development to Scottish companies to raise awareness of suitable supply chain opportunities and ensure they are in a position to compete for contracts as well as providing linkages to those organisations responsible for procurement activities e.g. Site Licence Companies and Tier 2 contractors. It is anticipated this will be done through delivery of market intelligence, business support and mentoring, brokerage service, technology/knowledge transfer; this list is not exhaustive and other mechanisms may be utilised in final project delivery.

Funding for this project has not yet been approved by Scottish Enterprise therefore bidders participate in the procurement process entirely at their own risk. Scottish Enterprise will no reimburse any bid costs as a result of funding not being made available.

Estimated value excluding VAT:

Range: between 374 500 and 535 000 GBP.




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