A GROUND-BREAKING new way of awarding long-term work packages at the Sellafield site has reached another major milestone with Programme and Project Partners (PPP) appointing its first Goods/Services Agreement (GSA) Framework Suppliers.

PPP has appointed NIS Ltd, Hyde Group, Ansaldo Nuclear, James Fisher Nuclear, Carr’s Group, West Cumberland Engineering and NWEC Alliance to deliver Fabricated and Manufactured Equipment packages for the projects, a framework agreement for an initial 3 years, worth up to £20m.

The Fabrication and Manufactured Equipment package is the first (GSA) to be awarded by PPP as part of a major framework spanning the next 18 years.

Items and equipment to be provided include process cabinets, encast Items, bogies and rail systems.

It has been procured under a new Multi Project Procurement (MPP) model which encourages long-term collaboration throughout the supply chain, enhanced project delivery, and paves the way for greater economic and social impact in the West Cumbria region.

The MPP model will see the appointment of Key Delivery Partners and GSA Framework suppliers to deliver work packages covering everything from electrical and instrumentation and fabrication and manufacturing to groundworks and general civils.

Tom Wiseman, GSA01 Framework Manager, said: “PPP has undertaken a rigorous selection process over the last 12 months in order to reach this position. I am delighted to work alongside all of the successful suppliers for the next three years and am confident that they will all deliver the benefits for the projects that this framework has been established to do.”