Letter to the Committee from Aker Kvaerner
Engineering Services Ltd
We write as an Engineering Services Contractor
(Aker Kvaerner Engineering Services Ltd), based in Stockton on
Tees but with a local office at Forss near Dounreay. We work in
the Nuclear, Industrial, Energy and Process Engineering sectors.
We are relative newcomers to the area having
opened this office approximately one year ago with a view to serving
the Dounreay site. However, we are committed to building up this
office by means of a combination of local employees supplemented
by specialist skills from Stockton and are already providing relatively
well paid, stable employment for local people, including the manager
of the office.
Our observations, summarised below, are brief
but we hope they will be relevant and of use in the inquiry:
We consider that it is likely that
nuclear power may be considered attractive in the relatively near
future as part of a balanced energy portfolio for Scotland, particularly
noting the advantage with regard to its low greenhouse gas emissions.
If nuclear power is to form part
of Scotland's future energy portfolio, it would seem appropriate
to consider Dounreay as a logical location as an existing licensed
site. It is likely that a majority of people might support such
a proposal, not least because of the long-term employment prospects
this would bring. The specialist skills required for operating
a nuclear plant still exist in the Dounreay area and these could
be used to good effect.
Most people would agree that it is
desirable to progress the clean-up of the Dounreay site as quickly
and efficiently as practicable. To achieve this, it will be necessary
to attract many skilled people to the area and retain those already
there. If there was a plan for investment in new facilities as
well as the decommissioning of the old, it is likely that it would
provide motivation for completing the clean-up (as there would
be new opportunities to move on to) and thus make it easier to
get people to commit themselves to such a move.
AK Engineering Services
2 February 2005