Magnox has signed a £200m six-year contract with Croft Associates, Chester-Simplex and Siempelkamp Nukleartechnik for the supply of waste containers to store waste generated from nuclear power stations in the UK.
Under the framework contract, Magnox will place the first orders for 50 containers from each supplier in early 2014.
The robust, transportable self-shielded waste containers will store various types of intermediate level waste generated during the operational and early decommissioning phases of the stations.
The latest contract, which is complemented by the existing arrangements with GNS, will increase security of supply for the waste containers, and help develop the supply chain in the UK, providing a strong platform for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to enter into the market.
The waste containers are a key part of the company's strategy for decommissioning and delivering eight of the ten nuclear sites into care and maintenance.
Magnox is estimated to need more than 2,000 of these packages, which will be stored in purpose built facilities at nuclear sites when they are filled, until the UK launches a national repository.
Magnox commercial director Peter Walkden said having the framework available for these waste containers is a key step forward for Magnox and the whole of the UK's nuclear decommissioning industry.
"This type of contract offers many real benefits, including increased value for money, improved security of supply and it opens up programmes of work and increased opportunities for the UK supply chain - including SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises)," said Walkden.
The frameworks will also be available for other site license companies, which were formed by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in February 2007 to carry out decommissioning and commercial operations across its 20 sites.
Image: Berkeley's Interim Storage Facility. Photo: courtesy of Magnox.