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Views sought nuclear decommissioning plan

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has published its draft 2013 to 2016 business plan for consultation yesterday.

NDA’s planned expenditure for 2013/14 is £3.2bn with the vast majority focused on Sellafield. The authority plans to spend £1.6bn on the site, covering tasks such as reprocessing advanced gas reactor fuel, highly active liquor stock reduction and implementing a programme for the transfer of nuclear materials.

The plan reflects the strategy that the NDA published last year and outlines the objectives and progress the NDA expects to make on its sites during the next three years. The 20 year overview from last year’s plan has been updated.

The majority of the NDA’s £3.2bn budget comes from the government - £2.3bn - with the remaining £0.9bn raised from commercial operations.

“Our objective is to maximise revenue from our existing assets and operations to help fund decommissioning and clean-up, thereby reducing the burden on the UK taxpayer,” said NDA chief executive John Clarke.

“To achieve this we will include optimised income from electricity generation, leasing property, selling land and other assets in response to market interest.”

The consultation will run until 1 February.

Five shortlisted for £7bn site licence contract

NDA has shortlisted five firms to own and operate the NDA’s Magnox and RSRL sites over the next 14 years. The contract is valued at £4-5bn over the first seven years and almost £2bn over the following seven years as the decommissioning activities wind down.

Shortlisted firms:

  • Bechtel/URS
  • The Babcock Fluor Partnership
  • CAS Restoration Partnership (CH2M Hill, Areva, Serco)
  • Amec/Atkins
  • EnergySolutions

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