Atkins Celebrates Business Excellence with Sellafield Ltd
Atkins’ joint venture, ACKtiv Nuclear, has been recognised at Sellafield’s Business Excellence Awards 2014 for its work on the first generation Magnox storage pond (FGMSP) bulk sludge & fuel retrievals (BS&FR) project. Partners Atkins, Carillion and Jacobs received the Team Excellence award for their work as part of an integrated Sellafield Ltd project team. The project also won the coveted Managing Director’s award for Business Excellence.
Now in their seventh year, the Sellafield Business Excellence Awards celebrate outstanding performance across a range of categories in the business, including safety, innovation and teamwork.
This year’s Team Excellence award recognises the work completed on the Burst Slug Bay, which plays a vital enabling role in the retrieval of sludge from the FGMSP. The project involved the installation of a scaffold access bridge prior to operators removing moss, debris and redundant equipment in a high radioactive area. The work is part of a large portfolio of projects intended to provide new capability to safely retrieve legacy waste materials from the FGMSP.
Sellafield Ltd is responsible for safely delivering decommissioning of the UK’s nuclear legacy as well as fuel recycling and the management of low, high and intermediate level nuclear waste activities on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. The FGMSP is an ageing asset in a deteriorating condition and has handled 27,000 tonnes of nuclear fuel over its lifetime and is now being decommissioned. Having ceased full scale operations in 1986, the facility still contains significant volumes of historical waste.