Britain scraps Sellafield nuclear deal
Iran Press TV
Tue Jan 13, 2015 1:46PM
Britain said on Tuesday that it had scrapped a deal worth $30.2 billion with an international consortium to clean up the Sellafield nuclear facility in Cumbria in the northwest of the country.
The contractors of the project were Amec of Britain, Areva of France and URS, an American company. They have been fired from the job that was delegated to them six years ago after their leader was accused by the government of "delays and exceeding budgets".
Meanwhile, there are reports that while rising costs have been a major motivation for the decision, among the problems encountered was the accidental shipping of radioactive waste to a landfill, which resulted in a fine of more than $1 million.
Despite the problems, members of parliament hesitated to tear up the contract last year in part because of concerns about the government's ability to get the decommissioning job done, the Telegraph said.
The government's Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) will now take ownership of the clean-up.
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey described Sellafield as 'the biggest and most complex nuclear site in Europe' and said 'it's right that we keep the way it's being managed under constant review'.
He added that a 'strategic partner' would be found from the private sector.
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