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Wood strikes gold with Caithness Chamber of Commerce

The agreement, effective immediately, reflects Wood’s determination to deliver socio-economic benefits to the North Highlands from its work on the clean-up of the Dounreay nuclear site.

Trudy Morris, Chief Executive of Caithness Chamber of Commerce, said: “This is great news for the Chamber and for the local supply chain. Premier Partners are crucial to the work that we do as a Chamber to help support and benefit the local economy.

“Wood have been very clear throughout our discussions that they want to really engage not just with the Chamber but with local supply chain companies and with the local community, and this five year commitment represents a clear statement of intent that they are invested in the North Highlands.

 “This is a region of unparalleled opportunity, with exciting new developments and opportunities across all sectors, and it is fantastic to see a company of Wood’s size and calibre not only recognise this, but commit to a long-term programme of investment and involvement in the region.”

Wood is already using a number of companies from the local supply chain to deliver on current site projects and has made a significant commitment to one local sub-contractor in support of the upcoming site Effluent Treatment Plant contract. Wood has also offered secondments to graduates and apprentices working on the Dounreay site, and has is pursuing opportunities to support local colleges with subject matter experts.

 Andy White, vice president for decommissioning at Wood’s nuclear business, said: “Making a positive socio-economic input is about taking action and this agreement with Caithness Chamber of Commerce builds on our actions and makes a long-term commitment to working with local businesses and the community.”

Wood’s work for Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd includes:

  • An engineering, procurement and construction contract to provide a new effluent treatment plant;
  • Framework agreement to provide professional services;
  • Engineering and technical support to the fuels programme;
  • Framework agreement to provide industrial services, including electrical installation, control and instrumentation, testing, commissioning and maintenance support.