UK's Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is responsible for ensuring the UK’s most complex decommissioning challenges are resolved. R&D plays a critical role in solving the wide range of complex, often unique challenges that have accumulated over the decades and now need to be addressed. With the aim to solve these problems more effectively, more efficiently and, where possible, for less cost NDA channels R&D funds through two main routes: as a portion of the main budget allocated to its sites who seek support for specific projects; and directly, through work commissioned by NDA.
The Direct Research Portfolio (DRP) is the main mechanism by which the NDA directly funds R&D. The DRP is delivered through framework contracts, which were awarded, through a competitive process, to various consortia. The contract will be let for an initial period of 24-months with the option to extend by further increments of 12-months up to a maximum contract duration of 48-months. The estimated value is 6 000 000 GBP per annum over the 3 lots.
The framework contracts cover 3 lots, where Lot A supports the NDA’s University Research Strategy while Lot B and C support NDA’s strategic themes:
• Lot A – University Interactions
• Lot B – Integrated Waste Management and Site Decommissioning and Remediation
• Lot C – Spent Fuels and Nuclear Materials
As member of a Consortium led by Eden LE Ltd DBE TECHNOLOGY GmbH was awarded a contract under Lot B. Thus, DBE TECHNOLOGY GmbH provides its comprehensive expertise on the planning, constructing, and operations for geological repositories and the related R&D-activities to the NDA programme. The other members of the Consortium are Cavendish Nuclear, Golder Associates Limited, Tradebe Inutec, and Project Time and Cost International Limited.