The bid from TWI Ltd was not the most price-competitive as the contract was 60% ‘weighted’ in favour of ‘quality’
There were 18 expressions of interest in the tender, of which four were from Scottish based companies.
Four suppliers submitted a tender for the ScotEnt contract – two of which were from Scottish based companies.
TWI will provide ‘intensive’ company support to allow companies, which have an interest in growing the proportion of the market they derive from nuclear opportunities, achieve this through a better understanding of what they need to do in their business to exploit these opportunities.
In essence it aims to increase both company capability and capacity. It is envisaged that the project will also actively involve other organisations such as relevant trade bodies, regulators, Tier 1 and 2 companies and academics.
The main beneficiaries of this project will be Scottish SMEs and start-up companies which are currently active in engineering and other disciplines relevant to the nuclear sector or have plans to move into this sector.
A TWI spokesman said: “Currently around 65 nuclear nations are implementing or planning new nuclear power programmes.
“Current nuclear nations are also seeking to extend the lives of their existing nuclear generation plants. Operators of plants that have an original design life of 30-40 years are undertaking extensive structural integrity assessments and refurbishment in order to ensure the long-term safety of the plants.
“For nations with a history of nuclear operations, waste management and decommissioning are now high-profile activities with a requirement for the safe and efficient methods of packaging, storing and eventual disposal of the various waste streams.”