Doun­reay clean-up firm to cut 180 jobs

The Scotsman - - News - Karl MaNS­FiEld

AS MANY as 180 jobs will be cut dur­ing the next three years at the com­pany lead­ing the de­mo­li­tion of the Doun­reay nu­clear site in caith­ness, it was an­nounced yes­ter­day.

A to­tal of 102 posts will be lost at Doun­reay Site Restora­tion Ltd (DSRL) this year, with a fur­ther 30 jobs go­ing in 2011-12 and 50 po­si­tions in 2012-13.

Some work­ers could be re­trained for other po­si­tions in the com­pany.

cur­rently the firm em­ploys 929 peo­ple at the site but the com­pany is now look­ing for vol­un­tary re­dun­dan­cies.

DSRL said the job losses were nec­es­sary as a re­sult of re­struc­tur­ing the bud­get af­ter the money they re­ceive each year was capped by the Nu­clear De­com­mis­sion­ing Author­ity back in Jan­uary.

The com­pany’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Simon Mid­dle­mas, was meet­ing staff yes­ter­day to ex­plain how the changes af­fect the rate of planned job losses at the site. He also met staff on Thurs­day.

Mr Mid­dle­mas said: “We’ve shown in the last few years how much value we can de­liver for £150 mil­lion a year, with the rate of de­mo­li­tion run­ning at al­most 100 sq ft per day.

“i’m con­fi­dent the changes we are mak­ing will keep us firmly on track to main­tain a pace of de­com­mis­sion­ing that is both safe and quick, and gets the most out of ev­ery pound that is avail­able to us.”

A team of DSRL staff is work­ing with caith­ness and North Suther­land Re­gen­er­a­tion Part­ner­ship on op­por­tu­ni­ties for new in­dus­tries in the area to use the skilled work force from the site.

in Jan­uary, the Nu­clear De­com­mis­sion­ing Author­ity, which funds the clean-up work car­ried out by DSRL, said spend­ing would be guar­an­teed at up to £150 mil­lion a year.

A new owner of the site will take over in 2012 to con­tinue with the de­mo­li­tion of Doun­reay.

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