Brian Sims

G4S awarded £24 million security contract by Magnox Ltd

G4S SECURE Solutions UK has been awarded a £24 million contract with Magnox Ltd, which manages one of the largest nuclear reactor decommissioning programmes in Europe. The new contract will see G4S providing security services for the nuclear Shared Service Alliance, a complex consortium comprising 21 sites across the UK.

Commencing in March 2022 and lasting for three years, the contract will see G4S deploying 226 staff across the UK to provide security officer patrol services, key holding facilities, CCTV Control Room and monitoring solutions as well as secure reception duties.

Drawing on expertise within the business, G4S has established its own Nuclear Security Advisory Group to ensure the smooth running of this contract.

Alistair McBride, sector director for nuclear power and utilities at G4S, said: “Working in the nuclear setting is a completely unique security challenge. It requires in-depth knowledge of regulations, codes of conduct and the very specific and highly dangerous risks that are involved. There can be no room for error when working in the nuclear field. Compliance must be held to a ‘zero failure’ standard, and that’s a standard upon which G4S is firmly focused.”

Eddie Hirst, head of major projects for G4S Secure Solutions UK, added: “We have worked extremely hard to build an unrivalled track record in the provision of security for the nuclear industry. Through the combination of our expertise and our highly trained workforce, we know that we can deliver a world-class service for Magnox Ltd and its partners.”

A subsidiary of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), Magnox Ltd is responsible for decommissioning the nuclear sites and safely managing the waste generated from producing over 1,000 TWh of nuclear power during 60 years of operations, while also safely managing waste from nuclear research and electricity generation stretching back nearly 75 years.

Alongside Magnox Ltd, G4S will be providing security services for three other NDA subsidiaries: Direct Rail Services (the national rail freight operator and provider of rail services to the nuclear industry), Nuclear Waste Services (which is responsible for developing a geological disposal facility for nuclear waste) and also the Dounreay decommissioning site on the northern coast of Scotland.

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