Successful Supplier Day benefits Cumbrian Companies

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Local company representatives attending a supplier day at Energus in West Cumbria were given early opportunity of future contracts for work worth a total of £35 million.

That was the message at 'Bright Ideas for the Nuclear Industry', organised by Doosan Babcock Energy to help local suppliers of engineering goods and services take full advantage of potential work within the Doosan Babcock project portfolio in Cumbria and beyond.

Doosan Babcock, which employs more than 100 personnel in the area through its Cumbria office at Westlakes Science Park, outlined current Sellafield contracts, including the Sludge Processing Plant (SPP1) involving the safe processing and storage of Intermediate Level radioactive sludge; and the Separation Area Ventilation (SAV) project for the design and supply of a large scale radioactive ventilation system.

Doosan Babcock local and national representatives shared information about potential procurement opportunities in a series of presentations alongside key subcontractors involved in the Doosan Babcock contracts, Kier Construction, Balfour Beatty Engineering Services, Jacobs Engineering, Senior Hargreaves, Bierrum International, and Shepley Engineers. A VIP breakfast meeting prior to the main event introduced key local stakeholders to the project team leaders.

Keith Case, Executive Director Commercial and Contract Management for Sellafield Ltd, who attended the breakfast meeting comments;
"Sellafield Ltd is committed to helping local suppliers get access to our business and so contribute to delivering for our customer the NDA. Most local businesses are small and medium sized and will normally be working with Sellafield Ltd through contracts with our direct suppliers like Doosan Babcock. It's good to see Doosan Babcock helping local businesses identify opportunities for work through this excellent event."

Mark Watters , Doosan Babcock Nuclear Director for Cumbria comments;
“We are delighted with the success of our supplier day, a first for Doosan Babcock in Cumbria on this scale, attracting more than 175 company representatives. Any local company that can add value to our engineering projects, through the provision of engineering goods and services is urged to follow up on the opportunities on offer and help us use local suppliers wherever possible. I would like to thank our partners for their support and commitment to the event.”

Following a networking lunch, a Meet the Buyer event featuring one to one appointments with key procurement staff from each of the companies filled the afternoon. Feedback from delegates at the event was positive, with a sell out for the Meet the Buyer appointments, despite the Doosan team fielding additional interview staff on the day.

The event received support from the Energy Opportunities Team at West Lakes Renaissance in recognition of the valued interaction with the local supply chain by Doosan Babcock.

Gary McKeating for West Lakes Renaissance adds;
’’A key part of the supply chain work that we undertake with partners such as West Cumbria Development Agency is to help local companies access opportunities with holders of contracts with Sellafield Ltd. Doosan Babcock has shown real commitment to the local supply chain through its socio-economic plan. We look forward to working with Doosan Babcock on the delivery of that plan, which should see real economic benefits for West Cumbria.’’