Allied Universal company, G4S Secure Solutions UK, has been awarded a £24 million contract with Magnox Ltd, which manages one of the largest nuclear reactor decommissioning programmes in Europe.
The new contract will see G4S providing security services for the nuclear Shared Service Alliance, a complex consortium comprising 21 sites across the United Kingdom.
Commencing in March 2022 and lasting three years, G4S will deploy 226 staff across the UK to provide security officers on patrol, key holding facilities, CCTV control and monitoring as well as secure reception.
Drawing on expertise within its business, the security provider established a dedicated Nuclear Security Advisory Group to oversee delivery of the contract.
Alistair McBride, G4S Sector Director Nuclear Power & Utilities, says: “Working in the nuclear setting is a completely unique security challenge. It requires in-depth knowledge of regulations, codes of conduct and the very specific and highly dangerous risks that are involved. There can be no room for error when working in the nuclear field, compliance must be held to a ‘zero failure’ standard, a standard G4S is focused on.”
Eddie Hirst, Head of Major Projects for G4S Secure Solutions UK, adds: “We have worked hard to build an unrivaled track record in the provision of security for the nuclear industry.
“Through the combination of our expertise alongside our highly trained workforce, we know we can deliver a world class service to Magnox and their partners.”
Magnox is a nuclear decommissioning Site Licence Company (SLC) under the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) – a UK government body set up specifically to deal with the nuclear legacy under the Energy Act 2004, and became a direct subsidiary of the NDA in September 2019. It is responsible for decommissioning nuclear sites and safely managing the waste generated from over 1,000TWh of nuclear power operations over the last 60 years. The private, public sector owned company also manages waste from nuclear research and electricity generation dating from 75 years ago.
Alongside Magnox, G4S will be providing security services for three other NDA subsidiaries: Direct Rail Services, national rail freight operator and provider of rail services to the nuclear industry; Nuclear Waste Services, responsible for developing a geological disposal facility for nuclear waste; and the Dounreay decommissioning site on the northern coast of Scotland.