Magnox Electric Plc, a wholly owned subsidiary of BNFL, has chosen Indus International’s Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) software solution series as the work management and compliance system for eight of its nuclear power plants in the UK.

The software system will be installed at BNFL’s Dungeness A, Oldbury, Bradwell, Sizewell A, Trawsfynydd, Wylfa, Hinkley A and Berkeley sites.

Magnox said it had set itself the goal of achieving world class safety and environmental standards in all its operations and requires a compliance management system that will underpin its complex processes and procedures. The contract with Magnox is the culmination of an in-depth, twelve-month technical evaluation and commercial negotiation process.

“We are delighted to be selected by Magnox for their comprehensive asset management requirements,” stated John King, managing director of Indus Europe, Middle East, and Africa. “UK industry recognizes Magnox as a high-profile, dynamic user of business management solutions”.

The new system will be key to enabling Magnox to operate its power stations up to the end of their working lives and during their subsequent decommissioning.

“This is one of the most important investments in which Magnox is engaged,” said head of Magnox, Clive Smitton. “To remain compliant with safety and environmental regulations, we need a work management system that will be supportable during our stations’ remaining lifetimes and through decommissioning.”

The agreement represents a significant milestone for Indus. For the first time, Indus is providing a total business solution – including its PassPort software, implementation services, and five years of application hosting via its IndusASP product.

“This is the first major Indus client to select the IndusASP solution,” said Art Beckman, chief information officer, Indus International.

The implementation will take place over the next 18 months with the first plant go-live scheduled for Q3 2002, and the final site scheduled for Q2 2003. Currently the Indus project team is conducting business process harmonization sessions with Magnox station representatives to ensure cross-organizational support and ownership. As part of the change to the new system, a full safety submission will be made to the industry’s regulator, the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate.