UK gov’t to take over Sellafield nuclear cleanup project


The UK government decided to take back control of clean up operations at the Sellafield nuclear site.
Government officials decided to cancel the remainder of a £20 billion ($30.2 billion), 17-year contract with Nuclear Management Partners (NMP) only six years into the term, according to The Telegraph. NMP consists of the UK’s Amec, France’s Areva and the U.S.’ URS (NYSE: URS). The announcement will be officially made on Tuesday.
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) said in June 2013 it was reviewing the contract after repeated delays, cost overruns and mismanagement. NDA had considered either taking over the project itself, renewing the contract or reopening the tender process and possibly selecting new contractors.
Sellafield was used to primarily produce plutonium for use in nuclear warheads and dates from the Cold War. The contract was first awarded in 2008.
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