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Sellafield Decommissioning Costs Rise By £5 billion - 5th March


A report commissioned by the Public Account Committee (PAC) has stated that the cost of decommissioning and cleaning up the Sellafield Nuclear Site has risen by £5 billion.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) who own the Sellafield site drew up the decommissioning contract with the Nuclear Management Partners (NMP) as parent body of the licenced operator, Sellafield Ltd. However, the NDA were heavily criticised by KPMG in a 292-page report which stated that NMP were overspending and failing to reach operational targets. Consequently, the contract was cancelled with NMP in January. Margaret Hodge MP, chair of the PAC stated that “breaking the contract will cost the public purse £430,000”.

The NDA will now take back ownership of Sellafield Ltd and responsibility for the clean-up operation. Under this new structure, the authority are aiming to clear the site by 2120 but will need the additional £5 billion, which increases the cost to £53 billion.

Sellafield is the UK’s biggest and most toxic nuclear site, as well as the most dangerous across Western Europe. The National Audit Office (NAO) state that the cost of cleaning this site as well as the other 17 nuclear sites across the UK will cost approximately £70 billion.

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