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Providing nuclear propulsion safety and technical advice to MoD

The contract covers our services in support of the UK nuclear submarine programme, which comprises:

  • The operation and maintenance of the Trafalgar Class attack submarines
  • The manufacture, operation and maintenance of the Astute Class attack submarines, which are due to replace the Trafalgar class and began entering service in 2010
  • The operation and maintenance of the four Vanguard Class submarines, which provide the platform for the UK Trident ballistic missile nuclear deterrent until 2024
  • The planning, research, design and development of the Next Generation Nuclear Power plant (NGNPP) for a Vanguard Class replacement, should the UK Government decide to replace the current nuclear deterrent

Our services under the contract comprise: 

  • Independent safety assessment and advice to the Naval Reactor Plant Authorisee (NRPA)
  • Independent technical assessment and advice to the NRPA and development of technical governance for the Nuclear Propulsion Project Team (NPPT)
  • Research and technology to support the Programme, funded directly by the NPPT
  • Sustainment of an ongoing nuclear SQEP capability to underpin the above work for the foreseeable future

Together, these services ensure that the Head of the NPPT, who is the Nuclear Reactor Plant Authorisee, benefits from the delivery of fit for purpose Nuclear Propulsion Assurance, on time and at demonstrable value for money, to enable the timely execution of the Submarine Programme.

Location:Warrington, Cheshire, UK
Client:Ministry of Defence - Nuclear Propulsion Project Team
Value:£52 million
Scope:Defence Nuclear Assurance - Independent nuclear propulsion safety and technical assessment and advice to MoD in support of the continued operation of the UK submarine flotilla, Defence Nuclear R&T - Research and Technology for submarine nuclear reactor systems for MoD in support of current submarine operations and future submarine designs
Date:2012 - 2016