Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Babcock preferred bidder to take ownership of Dounreay nuclear site

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.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.