The closure of Dounreay will result in major social and economic challenges for the area. Managing the impact on the local area is therefore important to the site. By 2030-2033 only a handful of jobs will remain on the site. A significant number of the current workforce will need alternative employment after Dounreay.
The Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership (CNSRP) is an informal partnership of the main public sector bodies with a remit to address the socio economic effects of decommissioning Dounreay.
The partners are:
- Highlands and Islands Enterprise
- The Highland Council
- Caithness Chamber of Commerce
- Skills Development Scotland
- The Scottish Government
For further information see the CNSRP website.
In delivering the Dounreay decommissioning programme
The NDA spends more than £177 million a year to decommission the site. A significant part of this is spent in the local economy through salaries and the purchase of goods and services.
Dounreay employs around 1,000 staff and a similar number of individuals through the supply chain.
It is estimated that over £125m of goods and services are purchased annually, and a significant amount of this expenditure is with companies within Caithness and north Sutherland.
The Energy Act 2004 requires the NDA to consider the socio economic impacts of decommissioning on local communities. Dounreay and CDP have contractual obligations with the NDA to support the delivery of socio-economic activities.
The NDA, CDP and Dounreay work closely together as the Dounreay Socio Economic Alliance (DSEA). The aim is to align our activities with CNSRP, to maximise the combined resources and ensure a consistent approach to reduce the impact of decommissioning Dounreay.
CNSRP aims to support ventures by looking at the future opportunities for an economy post Dounreay.
Those directly involved in socio-economic activities are:
- NDA - stakeholder relations and socio-economic manager
- CDP - business support consultant with socio-economic support
- Dounreay - socio economic manager with socio-economic support
- additional individuals/groups may undertake agreed activities (e.g. secondments to organisations)
The interventions provided by the DSEA to reduce the impact of decommissioning Dounreay are:
- capital funding
- revenue funding
- a combination of the above
In addition to direct NDA socio-economic funding, £500,000 is allocated from the Dounreay annual budget for socio-economic assistance.
NDA and Dounreay direct funding
Details of the NDA funding for socio-economic projects can be found on the NDA website.
If you wish to discuss a potential application before submitting an enquiry please contact:
Dounreay Socio-Economic Board (DSEB)
The purpose of the board is to set the strategic direction and objectives of the alliance and hold the Dounreay socio economic delivery team accountable. This is the Dounreay socio economic alliance strategy.
- Managing director, Dounreay (chair)
- Deputy managing director, Dounreay
- NDA programme manager
- NDA stakeholder relations and socio-economic manager
- CDP support
- Dounreay stakeholder relations and socio-economic manager
- Dounreay union lead representative
- Dounreay head of communications