Decommissioning a nuclear site asks a different question. How to dismantle your assets and manage the hazardous materials within them, over many decades, without jeopardising or short-changing the public?
Working in partnership with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) since 2009, we have conducted maturity assessments and supported improvement initiatives at four site licence companies (SLCs), namely Sellafield, Dounreay Site Restoration, Magnox and the Low Level Waste Repository in Cumbria.
Our role has been to support NDA strategy by driving improvements in asset management capability across the SLCs, with particular focus on the management of risks and opportunities for cost savings. We have been doing this through repeated asset management maturity reviews against the PAS 55 and ISO 55000 frameworks.
We have also been working with the SLCs on specific improvement initiatives such as objective mapping to achieve line of sight; risk assessment to prioritise investment decisions; developing robust asset management plans; improving the capture of cost information; and integrating decisions across the sites and investment categories. We have also supported the NDA in sharing best practice.
As a result of our work, the SLCs have been able to demonstrate improved capability through their increasing PAS 55/ISO 55000 maturity scores. They are achieving more systematic, data- informed management of their assets, sharpened clarity through critical asset dashboards, better underpinned and justified plans, and increased understanding of cost and opportunities for savings.