Bidders invited for nuclear IT outsourcing

The organisation responsible for decommissioning the UK's ageing nuclear power stations has kicked off a 12-month procurement for IT services covering everything...

The organisation responsible for decommissioning the UK's ageing nuclear power stations has kicked off a 12-month procurement for IT services covering everything from servers and desktops to networks, security and storage technology.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), which is responsible for sites including Sellafield and Dounreay, has invited outsourcing suppliers or consortia to bid for the work, with the aim of selecting a shortlist of up to four potential providers to compete for the contract.

The tender notice on the Official Journal of the European Union lists the range of services required, which includes servers, desktops, voice and data networking, security, storage, helpdesk services, printing, videoconferencing, applications and testing.

The authority will hold a supplier day for potential providers on 3 November 2010 to provide further information to interested bidders.

The procurement project is being led by Sellafield as a collaborative project that also includes the Civil Nuclear Constabulary and the National Nuclear Laboratory.

The NDA owns 19 sites formerly run by the UK Atomic Energy Authority and British Nuclear Fuels, and is responsible for decommissioning and cleaning up civil nuclear sites and safely disposing of radioactive waste products.

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