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Amec Foster Wheeler has been chosen by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator (DNSR) to supply independent regulatory services across the entire spectrum of its activities. DNSR is part of the MoD's Defence Safety Authority and is responsible for the regulation of the Defence Nuclear Programme.The value of the three-year contract, which has an option to extend for a further four years, has not been announced, but it renews and maintains Amec Foster Wheeler's support to DNSR, which goes back more than 20 years.Under the contract, the service will be delivered by an independent specialist team. The work will include development of regulatory policy and guidance, training and assurance, safety case assessment and regulatory inspection. "This contract strengthens Amec Foster Wheeler's position as the largest provider of independent regulatory support services to the UK defence regulator and also provides them with access to our unique capabilities and the vast resource pool across all our technical areas," said Andy White, Vice President for Decommissioning at Amec Foster Wheeler's Clean Energy business.Contract confi rms leading role with UK's defence regulatorAndy WhiteThe Successor submarine programme falls within the remit of our work for DNSRImage courtesy of BAE Systems7

Challenge made clear and £715m savedHow Nuclear Management Partners has made a diff erence at Sellafi eldThe facts are spelled out in a new report entitled Performance and Progress at Sellafi eld. It shows that under NMP's leadership, Sellafi eld has:• Achieved the site's best ever overall safety performance for two consecutive years;• Generated more than £715m of effi ciency savings;• Made the fi rst retrieval in 50 years of spent fuel and radioactive sludge from one of the legacy storage ponds;• Completed the fi rst returns of High Active Waste to the countries of origin;• Implemented a passive safety system in one of the highest risk legacy facilities;• Completed the fi rst decommissioning of a power producing nuclear reactor;• Safely completed Europe's largest asbestos removal project.Martin Wenban, Vice President for New Nuclear and Strategic Programmes at Amec Foster Wheeler's Clean Energy business and a main board director of NMP, said the world-class workforce on the site can be justifi ably proud of these achievements.He added: "Importantly, NMP has also provided the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Government with a much greater understanding of the true extent of the challenges and risks associated with the site through delivery of the Sellafi eld Plan. While this has attracted some external criticism regarding increases to long-term cost estimates for cleaning up the site, it was vital that the true extent of the challenge was uncovered and properly addressed."For every £1 awarded to NMP in fee, it has produced £3 in effi ciency savings for the UK taxpayer.NMP has fully recognised its wider socioeconomic responsibility by donating more than £25m, or more than 10% of its fee, to socio-economic projects and charitable organisations in West Cumbria. This was a voluntary act, not a contractual requirement. The growth in the number of apprentices at Sellafi eld and increased expenditure through the local supply chain also refl ect NMP's commitment to invest in the long term health of the region.To give an idea of the scale of the challenge faced by NMP, Sellafi eld consists of:• 1,200 buildings, over 200 of which hold nuclear inventory;• 100 facilities individually categorised as being at least equivalent to (or in some cases greater than) a nuclear reactor in terms of potential hazard and security status;• More than 450 ongoing engineering and construction projects, 19 of them valued at more than £100m.Read the full report here: Management Partners (NMP), a consortium of global nuclear industry leaders AECOM, Amec Foster Wheeler and Areva – has delivered enhanced capability to Sellafi eld, resulting in a turnaround in the site's performance.News'Importantly, NMP has also provided the NDA and Government with a much greater understanding of the true extent of the challenges and risks associated with the site through delivery of the Sellafi eld Plan.'Martin Wenban, Vice President of Amec Foster Wheeler's Clean Energy business and a Main Board Director of NMP 8