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Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) Companies

Defence maintains a Panel of suitably qualified UXO consultants and contractors; companies on this panel have been assessed by Defence as being suitable to conduct UXO related work on behalf of Defence. Until recently this panel was titled the Defence UXO Panel (DUXOP); this panel has now been subsumed into the Defence Environment and Heritage Panel (DEHP). The DEHP panel separates UXO remediation capabilities into two streams (some companies may be included in both streams):

D2 – Unexploded Ordnance Related Materials Assessment and Management

  • Coordinate and manage UXO including chemical related materials assessment survey(s).
  • Provide strategic advice on the planning, development, management and auditing requirements for UXO and chemical warfare related materials, including but not limited to:
    • land management
    • zoning proposal
    • property divestment
    • range planning and maintenance.
  • Provide specialist technical advice to inform the development of policies, strategies, standards, templates, implementation plans and guidelines relating to UXO assessment and management.
  • Undertake and report upon site historical research of military usage and activity likely to have resulted in ordnance-related or chemical agent contamination, including but not limited to;
    • Time frames of such usage.
    • Formations and units that occupied and/or used the site, together with principal weapons systems likely to have been used and natures and types of explosive ordnance and chemical warfare related materials associated with those weapon systems.
    • Types and natures of explosive ordnance or chemical warfare related materials remaining at the site.
    • Locations of firing points, impact and danger areas and other similar high risk areas.
    • The identification of demolition or disposal areas, including information on quantities, natures, and types of explosive ordnance or chemical warfare related items disposed of and the methods of disposal, including the likely spatial extent of the disposal.
    • The locations of disposal points (including burial sites) or areas that potentially present explosive ordnance and/or chemical contamination hazards.
    • The effects of any local natural or cultural features that may either increase or lessen the effects of any ordnance-related contamination.
  • Provide specialist advice in project design and development of scopes of requirement for UXO related projects.
  • Provide technical support in the preparation of tender and contract documentation for UXO remediation works, including but not limited to:
    • conducting tender briefings
    • conducting pre-tender site inspections; and evaluating tenders.

F2 – Unexploded Ordnance Remediation Works

  • Undertake and report upon UXO and chemical warfare materials assessment surveys to confirm or discount information produced from historical research. Assessment survey work is to include, but is not limited to:
    • the determination of the locations
    • area limits
    • densities
    • depths
    • types and natures of materials
    • inert ordnance-related items of types (including explosive ordnance waste) likely to pose a risk.
  • Undertake and report upon relevant remediation operations designed to reduce the hazard within those areas found to be UXO or chemical warfare materials affected.
  • Process and dispose of explosive ordnance waste (EOW) in such a manner that it can readily be recycled as scrap metal.
  • Dispose of or demolish (including explosive demolition, burning and breakdown) of conventional derelict Explosive Ordnance and Unexploded Ordnance.
  • Dispose of chemical warfare agent charged derelict ordnance and storage containers, UXO and EOW (including arisings from disposal operations) that may be contaminated.

Further detail on the DEHP UXO streams and the companies can be found at the Defence Estate Quality Management System.