Nuvia Scoops Prestigious NDA Estate Supply Chain Award

Nuvia, the international nuclear engineering, project management and services contractor, has won the ‘Best Technology Innovation Implementation with Tangible Benefits to a SLC’ Award at the NDA supply chain awards 2017.

Nuvia’s Phil Nelson, Chief Civil & Structural Engineer (second left), collecting the award from (L-R) Ron Gorham (NDA), Derek Allen (Innovate UK) and Melanie Brownridge (NDA)

The annual awards recognise the vital contribution of suppliers to the UK’s nuclear clean-up mission. Winners were announced at the NDA Estate Supply Chain Event, held in Manchester on 2 November.

Nuvia was selected for the award in recognition of its work to dismantle a 61m high separation area head end stack from an existing building at Sellafield, and remove a high-risk structure from a potentially hazardous area. Due to the nature of facilities surrounding the stack, an alternative approach to demolition was required.

Nuvia and Sellafield Ltd worked with Delta International to modify their self-climbing platform, which had been used on conventional industrial sites but never on a nuclear facility. The self-climbing platform provides a safe working area, with fewer workers required to dismantle the stack.

John Ball, Regional Director – North, said: Nuvia is delighted to receive this award which reflects the hard work and creativity of the project team in developing and deploying an innovative solution to this complex decommissioning challenge.

Ron Gorham, the NDA’s Head of Supply Chain Optimisation and SME Champion, who chaired the judging panel, said: Our suppliers play a critical role in delivering timely, cost-effective decommissioning across our sites, and we are delighted to acknowledge their vital contribution. The standard of entries this year was again extremely high, and the judges and I were particularly pleased with the dedication, creativity and determination shown from companies large and small.

A video of the project is available on Sellafield Ltd’s YouTube channel.