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Change NMP Sellafield Contract

Friday, May 3, 2013

Heads Should Roll In October 2013 Review Of NMP Sellafield Contract To Get Better Quality Work And Stop Waste Of Public Money Says GMB

GMB are concerned that after all the mismanagement on site the NDA has tacitly agreed to extend the contract with NMP without a proper and rigorous review process.

GMB, the union for workers in the nuclear industry, is to launch a public campaign to secure changes to the contact awarded to Nuclear Management Partners (NMP) to run the nuclear facilities at Sellafield in the review due in October 2013. GMB want changes that force NMP to improve quality of work and stop the waste of public money as well as changes in the top managers on the contract.

Nuclear Management partners were awarded a seventeen years contract by Nuclear Decommissioning Agency (NDA) in 2008. NDA will conduct a review after 5 years in 2013, after 10 years in 2018 and after 15 years in 2023. The NDA review in 2013 is due to be completed in October.

GMB want the public and elected politicians to be fully aware of all the issues that arise. GMB want to see NDA making changes to the contract to get better quality of work and more scrutiny to stop the sheer waste of public money on the site.

As part of the campaign GMB will highlight the £250m fees paid NMP, the £34m spent on “experts” from the USA and the £11m in pay and bonuses to top managers as well as the partner firms getting contracts worth £54.4m on the site. This is for a performance that has seen costs on the site escalate to over £1 billion per annum rather than the promised £100m savings on the supply chain.

Mismanagement on the construction of the Evaporator D system to make storing high level nuclear waste more manageable has led to an avoidable costs escalation of £250m. £63.7m was spent on redundancy for staff now deemed essential to run the site.

Rather than develop to supply chain in Cumbria and the rest of the UK as promised NMP has imported for example sub-standard fabricated pipework from parts of the world with no track record of delivering the high quality work required to safely operate the Evaporator D system. This has had to be rectified at huge cost.

Paul Kenny, GMB General Secretary, said “The contract has been an absolute miserable failure. Under Todd Wright's leadership confidence in NMP has plummeted amongst the workforce.

The local community is also losing confidence as they see taxpayer’s money squandered and NMP fail to deliver on the promises they made to develop local jobs and the supply chain.

GMB are concerned that after all the scandals and mismanagement on site the NDA has tacitly agreed to extend the contract with NMP without a proper and rigorous review process. They are denying they have agreed the extension but they would, wouldn't they.

It also seems that we are about to have a shuffling of the management deckchairs. Sources tell us that Mr Wright who has presided over their miserable performance at Sellafield and who costs the UK tax payer £1.2 million a year will be moved in to role in stakeholder management, whatever that means. It is time for heads to roll.

The promises made in 2008 have to be implemented as part of giving Sellafied a key ongoing role in supplying the UK with carbon free power.”


Contact: Gary Smith, GMB National Secretary on 07710 618 909 or 0207 391 6700 or GMB Press Office 07921 289 880 or 07974 251 823


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