Engineering and construction group Costain has been bucking the downturn by securing two multi-million pound contracts in the Northwest.
Costain has secured a £297 million contract with Sellafield Ltd, its second multi-million pound contract win since April.
The Sellafield contract is for full engineering, procurement, construction and inactive commissioning of the Evaporator D project, one of the largest nuclear projects in the UK.
The win is an extension of an original contract awarded in September 2006 for Front End Engineering Design. The project is scheduled for completion in 2014.
Wythenshawe-based Costain has developed and defined the design of the facilities that will be used to expand Sellafield’s ability to process nuclear waste material and ultimately reduce inventories at the site.
Andrew Wyllie, Chief Executive of Costain, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract with Sellafield Ltd which, as one of the largest nuclear projects in the UK, underpins the suitability of Costain to support the Government and utilities engaged in the New Nuclear Build Programme.”
Nisha Sharma, Business Development Manager (Energy & Environment) at MIDAS, is working with Costain to provide commercial introductions and understand their recruitment needs, said: “It is very encouraging to see that Costain is doing so well. These latest contract wins demonstrate how a business located in Manchester City Region can capitalise on the vast array of opportunities in this rapidly expanding sector.
“Costain’s success demonstrates the strength of the region’s Energy and Environment sector and its resilience to the current economic downturn.”
The project comes only three months after the group won a £397 million contract to handle Greater Manchester’s Waste and Recycling output, giving Costain responsibility for the design and build of municipal waste infrastructure as part of the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority’s PFI Waste and Recycling Contract – the largest of its kind in Western Europe. The contract will cost £3 billion to complete and will encompass the design, construction and commissioning of 44 different facilities across 26 locations within the city region.
To meet such increased demand Costain has already taken on graduates, the majority of which are chemical engineers, from the University of Manchester – home to Europe’s largest school of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering – as part of the institution’s internship programme, and is now planning to take further advantage of the local talent pool.