Awarded to Croft Associates, Chester-Simplex, and Siempelkamp Nukleartechnik, the six-year, £200m contract is in addition to the existing arrangements with GNS, and is expected to increase security of supply for the robust, transportable waste containers.

The containers will be used to store various types of intermediate level waste (ILW), generated during the operational and early decommissioning phases of Magnox eight of the ten nuclear power stations.

Expected to help develop the UK’s supply chain, the frameworks will also be available to other site licence companies (SLCs) in the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s estate.

Magnox Commercial Director Dr Peter Walkden said the framework availability for the ILW containers is a major step forward for the company and the whole of the UK’s nuclear decommissioning industry.

”This type of contract offers many real benefits, including increased value for money, improved security of supply and it opens up programmes of work and increased opportunities for the UK supply chain – including SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises),” Walkden added.

NDA Lead Contract Manager Peter Welch said, ”Diversification of supply for this contract will support development of the decommissioning market.”

The first contracts for 50 containers will be awarded to each supplier as part of the framework will be awarded in early 2014.