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Sellafield clean-up shortlist next month

Contractors bidding to decommissioning the Nuclear Decommissioing Authority's (NDA) Sellafiled site will learn whether they have been shortlisted next month, the Authority has announced.
They will then be invited to enter a competitive dialogue process to take over the ownership of the site plus a site at Capenhurst.Consortiums entered expressions of interest to own the shares of the firm running the nuclear site by 2 February and are now waiting to hear if they will be invited to discussions with the NDA this week.Currently owned by British Nuclear Group, the Sellafield Site License Company (SLC) is responsible for the management and operation of the Sellafield, Calder Hall, Windscale and Capenhurst sites.The contract being tendered is to own the SLC shares for five years between 2008 and 2013, which on its current turnover of £1.4bn would be worth £56M per year in share dividends.'We are pleased with the number of respondents we have had,' said NDA competition project manager Richard Jones.'We will be looking for the successful firm to enhance the performance of the SLC by a variety of methods, particularly the secondment of key staff onto the SLC's board.'Firms already confirmed to be bidding include US construction giant Fluor, a consortium of Serco, Bechtel and BWXT, and London 2012 programme manager CH2M Hill.Others expected to have registered their interest include Washington International, Energy Solutions and Amec.British Nuclear Group has ruled itself out in order to focus on other key areas of its business.

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