UK nuclear clean up deal goes to Amec & partners.


A consortium including Amec, the British engineering group, Areva of France and Washington Division of the US have won a £6.75 billion contract to clean up Sellafield. The consortium is called Nuclear Management Partners (NMP).

Bob Pedde, of Washington Division, part of the URS Corporation, the construction and engineering group, will head the consortium that is set to take over day-to-day management of Sellafield in November.

“The contract is designed to last for 17 years in five-year increments and we intend to be there for the long term,” he said. The The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority said that the contract is worth £1.3 billion a year, plus annual fees of £50 million.

News that the nuclear power station developer Areva will be involved in Sellafield in the long term has increased speculation that the site in Cumbria will become home to one of the UK’s new generation of nuclear power stations. Areva works closely with EDF, the French energy giant, which has been considering Sellafield as a potential site.

Greenpeace expressed concerns, “Not only could this contract be worth £22 billion of taxpayers’ money, they have also waived the insurance indemnity meaning that public money could be used to sort out any accidents that occur on site.”

NMP now finds itself in the throes of a dispute with Sellafield’s 10,000 workers. After months of negotiations, the employees have rejected a 2 per cent pay settlement and will ballot on industrial action this month. They are expected to vote for a strike, which would shut down the plant for up to a week.

The clean up is expected to take up to 100 years. A child born today will die a good old age with the Sellafield clean up still on the political, environmental & energy agenda.

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7 Responses to UK nuclear clean up deal goes to Amec & partners.

  1. earthpal says:

    Greenpeace is right. Another private enterprise wins huge contract with the added insurance of public money being there to clean up any accidents.

    Have you read about the nuclear power stations that are to be fast-tracked through the planning process?

  2. the Grit says:

    Hi matt,

    Don’t worry. A bunch of our companies have acquired extensive experience in the field while cleaning up the numerous nuclear messes our military left during the Cold War, and on which we have spent a lot more than you’re talking about. Heck, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if the job wasn’t completed ahead of schedule. I bet it’s all neat and tidy in only 98 years 🙂 On the other hand, would you like to be part of the field crew?

    the Grit

  3. matt says:

    Hey EP

    Good link. Guess that’s why Sellafield is being sorted out; to ‘deal with’ the waste. It has also been obvious from the start of this change to the planning process that this commission is to be set up to rush these N-stations & the like through.

    This piece from the article provides a useful summary;

    Britain has ten nuclear stations with a total of 19 reactors in use, generating a total of 10 gigawatts of electricity, about 20 per cent of the country’s energy needs. By 2023 all but one – Sizewell B – will be obsolete. By then about a third of the country’s coal and oil-fired stations will have been ruled out of use by environmental legislation. The new generation of medium-sized nuclear reactors generate 1.2 gigawatts each, which is why Mr Brown says that at least eight are required to make up for the lost stations.

    The Government is pushing through a Planning Bill that will streamline and speed up procedures by putting big infrastructure decisions in the hands of a new commission, rather than local councils. The aim is to cut current lengthy delays to less than a year.

    Ministers are awaiting applications from the big energy companies and will then confirm the location of the proposed new sites, most of which will be at or near existing locations. Energy company companies say that under the timetable the new sites can begin generating electricity by 2017.

  4. the Grit says:

    Hi matt,

    Cool and weird at once. What’s also strange is that the Chernobyl plant is still in use, and that wild life in the area has exploded in population. Got to love those tourists and Mother Nature.

    the Grit

  5. matt says:

    It’s a very telling article. That bit about not touching anything, not walking on the moss. OK walking on the tarmac but not the moss ….. creepy.

  6. the Grit says:

    Hi matt,

    Too true! It’s almost as restrictive as how to walk through Central Park in New York 🙂

    the Grit

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