• Decommissioning of former fast reactor research and development centre, UK
  • Design and construction of new effluent plant

Amec Foster Wheeler announces today that it has won a contract to provide a new effluent treatment plant for the Dounreay nuclear site in the UK.

The contract, valued at £7m, was awarded by Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL), which is responsible for decommissioning the former centre of fast reactor research and development in Caithness, Scotland.

Andy White, Vice President for Decommissioning at Amec Foster Wheeler’s Clean Energy Europe business, said:

“This is an important project and adds to the work we are already engaged in with DSRL at Dounreay.

“The combination of our nuclear expertise and our experience as a contractor is instrumental in this work to support the clean-up of the site for future generations.”

Stephen Adamson, Dounreay Head of Commercial, said:

“As a major employer in Caithness, we take our responsibility to support the future of our community seriously. We are particularly pleased to announce this partnership as it is the first contract to be awarded since Dounreay introduced a policy requiring our biggest suppliers to think about how they can help us deliver our socio-economic commitments.”

Amec Foster Wheeler shares Dounreay’s commitment to the local community and will be engaging the local supply chain to deliver major aspects of this contract as well as offering secondment opportunities for Dounreay graduates and subject matter experts to support local education programmes.

For DSRL, the new plant is a key link in the chain to enable the retrieval, processing and packaging of waste from the Dounreay Shaft and Wet Silo. The objective of the overall programme is to render the waste suitable for long-term storage and disposal in accordance with the site’s integrated waste strategy.

The scope of work includes concept and detailed design; production of the safety case and supporting environmental documentation; manufacture of the modular process plant, offsite testing, delivery to the Dounreay site and onsite installation and commissioning.

All liquid effluent from the new plant will be managed, processed and discharged by pipeline to the existing Low Level Liquid Effluent Treatment Plant.


Amec Foster Wheeler (www.amecfw.com) designs, delivers and maintains strategic and complex assets for its customers across the global energy and related sectors.

Employing around 36,000 people in more than 55 countries and with 2015 revenues of £5.5 billion, the company operates across the oil and gas industry – from production through to refining, processing and distribution of derivative products – and in the mining, clean energy, power generation, pharma, environment and infrastructure markets.

Amec Foster Wheeler offers full life-cycle services to offshore and onshore oil and gas projects (conventional and unconventional, upstream, midstream and downstream) for greenfield, brownfield and asset support projects, plus leading refining technology.

The company’s nuclear business stands out for its ability to bring world-leading expertise, technology and scientific capabilities to customers’ challenges throughout the life-cycle from new build and reactor operations to life extension and decommissioning. With 4,000 nuclear specialists around the world, we’re able to support our customers with local resources.

Amec Foster Wheeler shares are publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange and its American Depositary Shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Both trade under the ticker AMFW.

For the Dounreay contract, Amec Foster Wheeler will be supported by Black & Veatch on core process design of the system; and by Gows Engineering, based near the Dounreay site, on manufacture, installation and commissioning support.

Last year, DSRL awarded Amec Foster Wheeler a contract for the design, safety case and environmental assessment of a new higher activity waste store at Dounreay.

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