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STRATEGY FOR CLEAN-UP OF UK’S
NUCLEAR SITES APPROVED
The Strategy – which was subject to a three-month public consultation last year – sets out a comprehensive plan for the decommissioning and clean-up of the NDA’s 20 civil nuclear sites.
Key principles established in the Strategy include:
NDA Chairman, Sir Anthony Cleaver, said: “We were pleased by the range of constructive contributions that we received from the public consultation on our draft Strategy. Hence, we are confident that, in light of what we know today, our approved Strategy provides the best approach – in terms of safety, cost efficiency and sustainability – to tackle the UK’s historic 60-year nuclear legacy.
“Central to the Strategy is the competition schedule and, as a result of considerable feedback during the consultation period, we have revised this in a way which also accommodates the sale of British Nuclear Group. We believe our schedule sets ambitious but realistic targets that will create a strong competitive market.”
The Dounreay site is already focussed on decommissioning, has no operations and is relatively self contained. It will be offered to competition in 2008.
In order to get the best value for money and attract the best potential contractors, the NDA has decided to split all of its Magnox reactor sites into two packages broadly based on geographic locations – North and South.
The Chapelcoss and Hunterston A
sites will be offered as part of the Magnox North bundle in 2009.
The NDA is:-
“However, there are a range of factors that we have not yet been able to assess properly, some of which are the subject of Government policy reviews that will affect future assessments. We are targeted to establish the full costs of clean-up by 2008 and so this remains work in progress.
“Our priorities for the coming year are to launch our first competition – the contract to manage and operate the low-level waste facility at Drigg - and, by April 2007, issue a new Sellafield contract as part of the sale of BNG. We also intend to undertake consultations on the best approach to addressing socio-economic issues; to review site end states with stakeholders and to evaluate the business case for accelerated decommissioning for Magnox and other reactor sites.
“As we take these next steps, we will continue to review the Strategy to ensure it takes into consideration the latest developments in this very complex industry. Openness and transparency are our core values and we’re committed to delivering the best outcome for the UK as we begin to tackle its nuclear legacy in earnest.”
“We have made significant progress in our first year but there is still much to do. We are well placed to deliver a world-class programme of decommissioning and clean-up across our sites, safely, securely, cost-effectively and with proper regard to the environment.”
The Strategy is available for download from the website www.nda.gov.uk