Nuclear consortium Babcock Dounreay Partnership has been selected as preferred bidder to take over ownership of decommissioning company Dounreay Site Restoration in northern Scotland.
The Babcock Dounreay Partnership — comprising consultants Babcock Nuclear Services, URS and programme manager CH2M Hill — will take ownership next April following a two-year public procurement competition.
Dounreay Site Restoration is responsible for decommissioning the Dounreay nuclear site, with a turnover of £150M and employing 900 people and it has been operated by Babcock International since 2009. Dounreay, the UK’s centre of fast reactor research and development from 1955 until 1994 and is now Scotland’s largest nuclear clean-up and demolition project.
Key criteria for the competition were that bids should accelerate the current 2038 closure date by at least six years while reducing costs by at least £500M.
Dounreay spent fuel could be sent to Sellafield
Spent nuclear fuel at Dounreay could be sent to Sellafield on train, according to plans revealed by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) this week.
NDA want to the material to be reprocessed and stored at Sellafield, which is better placed to deal with the material.
NDA and Dounreay Site Restoration will now seek any necessary regulatory approvals, with transportation beginning next summer.