Dounreay clean-up firm to cut 180 jobs
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.