The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has outsourced the IT in its shared service for five years to Atos in a £140m deal that aims to reduce costs by 30%.
There are 18 service types, including networking, desktop, applications and hosting services, as well as service integration and management, included in the contract.
The NDA, which is responsible for decommissioning and cleaning up the UK’s civil nuclear power stations, has a shared service, set up in 2009, which ensures common IT services cost less. Four sites, Sellafield, Magnox, the National Nuclear Laboratories and the Low Level Waste Repository, buy as a group for economies of scale.
Atos will consolidate and modernise the existing infrastructures for more than 18,000 users located at more than 30 separate locations, with 30% savings targeted over five years.
Project manager Keith Gibson said the contract will reduce costs by simplifying IT support arrangements and provides a solid platform for future developments.
“The bidding process considered all the bids against a wide range of factors, including technical capability, benefits realisation (including cost savings), cost, experience, service levels and innovation. Overall Atos emerged as the preferred bidder from that process, and we are looking forward to working with them,” he said.