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Atkins and Areva join forces for nuclear decommissioning work

Consultant Atkins and nuclear reactor vendor Areva has formed a joint venture to target UK nuclear decommissioning work, the firms announced today.

The new joint venture will bid for major contracts at tier two level – for the major subcontracts let from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) or the site operators of the UK’s decommissioned nuclear sites.

The joint venture will combine Areva’s decommissioning experience in France along with Atkins involvement in the UK nuclear clean-up programmes since the late in 1980s, including at Sellafield and Magnox.

Atkins director of nuclear Chris Ball said the firm will be targeting major contracts due to be let at Sellafield, such as the planned new dry pack plant and the proposed geological disposal facility. The new firm will be based in Warrington.

NDA agreed its £3bn budget to spend on decommissioning work for 2012/13 with the government in March.

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