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Balfour team lands £160M Sellafield project

A Balfour Beatty-led joint venture has secured the £160M main construction contract for a decommissioning facility at Sellafield nuclear plant.

The contractor, in partnership with specialist Cavendish Nuclear, will deliver a mechanical handling plant at the Cumbrian site.

The 0.5ha, 25m-high silo maintenance facility will support two existing waste silos in retrieving historic waste and reducing hazard. 

It will contain robotic installations to allow the Sellafield team to operate in a safe and controlled environment.

A team of more than 100 engineers, including nuclear specialists, civil and structural engineers and architectural technicians, is currently using building information modelling to create a 4D design specification. Construction work is scheduled for completion in autumn 2017.

Balfour Beatty executive chairman Steve Marshall said: “The UK infrastructure market includes significant opportunities for nuclear decommissioning and clean-up activities.”

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