Amec Foster Wheeler has won a £7million contract to build a new effluent treatment plant at the Dounreay nuclear test site in Caithness.
The engineering and project management firm vowed to make use of the local supply chain to deliver the plant and to offer secondment opportunities to Dounreay graduates.
All liquid effluent from the new plant will be managed, processed and discharged by pipeline to the site’s existing treatment facility, an Amec spokesperson said.
Andy White, vice president for decommissioning at Amec’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.”
Dounreay Site Restoration, which is responsible for decommissioning the former centre of fast reactor research and development, awarded the deal to Amec.
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.”