Government awards four-year radioactive monitoring contract to CGI

The government has awarded CGI a four-year contract to provide application support services to the UK’s Radioactive Incident Monitoring Network (RMNET 3).

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The government has awarded CGI a four-year contract to provide application support services to the UK’s Radioactive Incident Monitoring Network (RIMNET 3).

CGI will be responsible for ensuring that critical monitoring services are available should a potential nuclear incident occur overseas, enabling UK authorities to monitor incidents and coordinate any required emergency response.

RIMNET 3 is the UK government's national radiation monitoring and nuclear emergency response system. It was set up following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, as part of its arrangements for dealing with the effects of overseas nuclear accidents within the UK.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), as the lead government department for overseas nuclear accidents, coordinates the government’s response to incidents and oversees the operation of the RIMNET system, which was implemented by the Met Office.

CGI will deliver application management and support services, as well as security management and facilities management. Support services will be delivered from CGI’s service centre in South Wales, with hardware break-fix services delivered in partnership with SME CC Engineering.

Energy minister Baroness Verma said: “The Radiation Incident Monitoring Network (RIMNET) system plays a vital role as the UK's national radiation monitoring and nuclear emergency response system. CGI and the Met Office bring important expertise and experience in this area.”