Aberdeen-based Wood on 11 July won a contract, effective immediately, to support work on decommissioning the Dounreay nuclear site in Caithness, Scotland. It is estimated to be worth around $3-4m. 

Wood is to provide design and engineering services on the project for up to four years, including two potential one-year extensions. The framework will help deliver the overarching decommissioning programme overseen by site licence company Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL). 

Wood, as prime contractor, and partners Orano, GDES and Aquila will provide services including design; engineering validation; environmental cases: environmental restoration; seismic; construction management; commissioning support; software modelling; waste strategy documents and technical support including provision of specialist staff. 

Bob MacDonald, CEO of Wood’s specialist technical solutions division, said the contract added to Wood's growing portfolio of work at Dounreay and helped to advance the company’s strategy to increase its share of the growing nuclear decommissioning market. Dounreay, a former centre for fast reactor research and development, is one of the UK’s most complex nuclear sites, second only to Sellafield. 

Photo: An historic aerial view of Dounreay showing the Fuel Cycle Area (Photo credit DSRL/NDA)