TWO Cumbrian businesses are celebrating success on a new £7 million waste management framework after forming a joint venture.

Nuclear Waste Solutions has won a place on the four-year framework with the Low Level Waste Repository Ltd (LLWR) to provide Expert Support and Alternative Treatment (ESAT) Framework.

After winning the ESAT framework contract, Nuclear Waste Solutions will provide LLWR and waste generators throughout the UK, with a flexible, highly capable, efficient and client-focussed service offering.

This approach will enable Nuclear Waste Solutions to undertake a range of projects from small-scale consultancy or specialist technical support tasks, through to multi-million pound waste management projects involving engineering design and installation activities as well as support to on-site operations.

Since 2006, both organisations have played a key role in the ongoing success of Cumbria Nuclear Solutions Limited at Sellafield and have collaborated successfully on a range of other projects and ventures across the NDA estate.

Phil Redfern, managing director of React, said: “We are very excited to see the opportunities this creates as it supports the diversification of our client base and further strengthens our existing commitment to provide employment opportunities in the West Cumbria community.

Nick Houghton, managing director of Shepley Group, said: “We are pleased to be working with our partners React Engineering and our specialist supply chain to help deliver this exciting new opportunity. It is great to be able to work on another site in West Cumbria, which we hope will grow our business and create new jobs in the local area.”