Cavendish Dounreay Partnership - Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership

In April 2012, Cavendish Dounreay Partnership (CDP – then Babcock Dounreay Partnership (BDP)) was awarded the contract by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) to own Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL) and decommission the site to a defined Interim End State (IES). This consortium is a single purpose commercial “vehicle” brought together for these sole purposes.

The CDP consortium is made up of:

  • Cavendish Nuclear Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Babcock International Group, a UK owned FTSE 100 company;
  • AECOM, an American owned multi-national company listed on the NYSE, and;
  • CH2M, an American employee owned multi-national company

During the production of the 2004 Energy Act, the same act that established the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), Government recognised early on that the technical aspects of decommissioning such a complex site were only part of the challenge. A significant issue to address would be the effect on the local community of losing such a large employer, hence obligations were included in that legislation to consider the impact on the socio economics of the local area.

For CDP and DSRL, this issue manifests itself in several ways:

  • A number of contractual obligations are placed on CDP and DSRL by the NDA;
  • How to keep a fully SQEPed (Suitably Qualified and Experienced) workforce up to the IES date, and;
  • How to prepare that workforce for transition to activities in a local economy not wholly dependent upon the Dounreay site.