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Co Down construction giant Graham wins £22m Scottish nuclear project

 Graham has won a £22 million contract, which will see the safe and secure clean-up of the Dounreay nuclear facility in Scotland
Gareth McKeown

CO Down construction giant, Graham has won a £22 million contract at a Scottish nuclear site.

The firm will be part of a complex works programme, which will see the safe and secure clean-up of the Dounreay nuclear facility.

The Graham Group will be responsible for building an extension to a waste store at the Caithness site and will also construct a drum store extension.

Valued in excess of £22m, the contract, awarded by Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL) is set to begin later this month and take around three years to complete. Around 100 people are expected to work on the project.

Graham has extensive experience of the Dounreay site, previously completing a grout plant facility and constructing two low level waste vaults.

Graham managing director for civil engineering, Leo Martin said:

“This is an important project on behalf of Dounreay Site Restoration Limited and will support the continued transformation of the Dounreay nuclear site into a safe, secure area. We have already established a strong partnership with Dounreay Site Restoration Limited, stretching back to early 2011, and will once again apply our collaborative approach and technical expertise to maximise the success of this project.”

DSRL construction director, David Hubbard added:

“This contract represents an important step in the long-term management of the site’s waste. It is just one of several contracts being awarded to ensure we continue to reduce hazards and make progress towards the site’s interim end stage. The next few years will see us construct several new facilities to support the programme as well as starting to demolish a number of redundant structures.”

Dounreay is Scotland’s largest nuclear decommissioning project and is widely recognised as one of Europe’s most challenging nuclear closure programmes.

Recently the Graham Group posted a record-breaking set of financial results, with revenue jumping by 36 per cent to £767.6m in the year to March, with growth across all divisions.

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