THE Nuclear Decommissioning Authority says significant acceleration in the clean-up and shutdown of Dounreay will bring real value to the taxpayer who funds the work.
Chief executive John Clarke said that the award of the site closure contract in April was a milestone in the NDA’s mission to clean up the UK’s nuclear legacy and bring down the cost.
He said that the appointment of a new consortium, the Babcock Dounreay Partnership, will bring forward decommissioning timeframes and reduce costs by well over £1 billion.
“The site is now scheduled to reach its interim state, when all major decommissioning work is completed, significantly earlier than originally envisaged, potentially achieving this important milestone in 2023,” he said.
“These reduced costs and dates exceed the criteria set for the competition by a significant degree and demonstrate the very real value that has been secured from this procurement exercise.
“The introduction of global expertise from the private sector, as a means of driving forward innovation and performance, is a core strategic element in our mission.”
The Babcock Dounreay Partnership were officially awarded the contract three months ago when they agreed to a £1.8 million deal to have cleaned up the site by September 14, 2023.