5:09 pm, Fri 04 Oct 2013
The company that oversees the running of the Sellafield nuclear plant in west Cumbria has been given the go-ahead to run the site for another five years.
Nuclear Management Partners won the contract in 2008 and have made vast changes to the decommissioned site.
However, they have also been severely criticised for the way they spend money.
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1:12 pm, Fri 04 Oct 2013
The chairman of the consortium running the Sellafield nuclear site has described the task of the running of the site as "unprecedented."
Nuclear Management Partners today announced its intention to continue the management of the site until at least 2019.
“The task at Sellafield is unprecedented.
"We have learnt an enormous amount about the challenges of the site and the areas that we need to focus on looking forward.
"We believe we are well placed to build on our progress to date and deliver improved performance in the next period.”
– Tom Zarges, Chairman of Nuclear Management Partners
1:08 pm, Fri 04 Oct 2013
The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, Baroness Verma, has released a statement expressing the Government's support for Nuclear Management Partners' extension of its management contract at Sellafield.
“Sellafield remains the Government’s top priority in our nuclear decommissioning programme.
"We support this decision to extend the contract which will build on skills and expertise at the site and the progress made so far.”
– Baroness Verma
1:04 pm, Fri 04 Oct 2013
It has been announced today that the consortium running the Sellafield nuclear site will be allowed to continue its role.
Nuclear Management Partners had been accused of mismanagement and wasting public money earlier this year.
However, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has announced that the consortium will have its contract extended for a second five year period.
7:00 am, Fri 04 Oct 2013
Sellafield nuclear site in West Cumbria
Credit: ITV News
An announcement on who will manage the Sellafield nuclear site from next year is expected to be made later today.
The site is currently being run by Nuclear Management Partners, but that organisation was criticised earlier in the year by MPs and the National Audit Office.