Atos, an international IT services company, has today assumed responsibility for the delivery of significant aspects of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s (NDA’s) IT services. The move follows six months of in-depth testing and preparation for the handover, with IT services now managed by Atos, providing continuity and consistency across all of the NDA’s sites and functions.
The five year, £140 million contract is significant as it covers four separate companies in the NDA Estate– Sellafield, Magnox, National Nuclear Laboratories and Low Level Waste Repository. The contract will be governed under the direction of the Shared Services Alliance (SSA) which is an organisation set up to manage collaborative procurements within the NDA to significantly reduce costs to the taxpayer. It is anticipated that bringing a diverse range of IT services into this arrangement will deliver up to 30% savings across the contracted services.
The multi-service contract will support some 18,000 end users in 30 different locations across the country and will cover 19 service towers, networking, desktops, applications and hosting services, as well as Service Integration and Management (SIAM).
Speaking on behalf of the joint team project team who managed the contract award Project Director, Keith Gibson said: “The SSA project team, the IT teams in Atos and the four nuclear businesses have worked extremely hard to bring this complex project to the point of handover and I'd personally like to thank everyone for their hard work.
This is a very significant change for all the businesses involved and we are looking forward to working with Atos. The new contract lays the groundwork for future development, with a strong focus on investment and future benefits realisation. It will reduce costs by simplifying IT support arrangements and provides a solid platform for future developments.”
Ursula Morgenstern, CEO for Atos in the UK & Ireland, said: “This is an extremely important contract for Atos and we are delighted to be at the beginning of a long and mutually beneficial relationship with the NDA Estate . It has taken hard work by both Atos and the Shared Services Alliance to reach this important milestone. To complete the in-depth testing to reach this stage is proof of Atos’ ability to manage complex IT projects successfully and deliver outstanding value for money to taxpayers.”
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About the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
The NDA is a non departmental public body reporting into the Department of Energy and Climate Change. It is responsible for decommissioning and the clean-up of the UK's civil nuclear waste in a safe, secure and cost-effective way.
- Magnox Limited is owned by EnergySolutions and is responsible for managing 10 Nuclear Licensed Sites owned by the UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).Berkeley, Bradwell, Chapelcross, Dungeness A, Hinkley A, Hunterston A, Maentwrog (Hydroelectric), Oldbury, Sizewell A, Trawsfynydd and Wylfa. Wylfa and Maentwrog are still generating electricity whilst the other sites have ceased generation and are at various stages of defuelling and decommissioning.
- Sellafield Limited is the company responsible for safely delivering decommissioning, reprocessing and nuclear waste management activities on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. Now under the ownership of Nuclear Management Partners, Sellafield Ltd has the largest concentration of nuclear expertise in Europe, with over 50 years of experience.
- Repository Ltd is responsible for the management and operations of the National Low Level Waste Repository in the UK and the organisation responsible for implementing Government’s National Low Level Waste Strategy programme on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
- National Nuclear Laboratory Ltd is a leading nuclear technology services provider. They specialise in providing customers with tailored solutions by applying the right level of technical innovation and intellectual support.
Between them these four companies operate the majority of the UK’s oldest nuclear sites on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
About the Shared Services Alliance
The Shared Services Alliance (SSA) is a collaborative procurement initiative within the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). The SSA was set up in 2009 to ensure all members of the NDA could achieve the best value for money by aggregating demand for common services, including IT.