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Sellafield announce £50m contract

Sellafield Ltd Credit: Sellafield Ltd

Sellafield Ltd has announced that it has awarded a new contract, which could rise in value to £50m, to Metalcraft.

The company will produce high-integrity stainless steel storage containers for nuclear waste.

These will be used for the storage of Sellafield's historic nuclear waste.

Sellafield says Metalcraft has committed to a new facility in West Cumbria, and will generate new jobs, apprenticeships and training development.

This announcement demonstrates our total commitment to ensuring value for money for the UK taxpayer and securing a package of benefits to the communities in which we operate, from the annual £1.95bn annual expenditure on Sellafield.

We recognise that how we work with our supply chain can and should play a fundamental part in supporting socio-economic growth and ensuring that we remain the backbone of the community.

Our investment in education, skills and infrastructure must be felt in West Cumbria and the wider UK economy."

– Paul Foster, Sellafield Ltd Managing Director


New nuclear plan launched after Cumbria rejects bid

The Government has launched a new long term plan to deal with the UK's radioactive waste, after plans to put it in Cumbria were rejected a year ago.

The Sellafield nuclear site was previously considered as a possible site for the underground storage Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria County Council turned down plans to build a 12 billion pounds underground nuclear waste store in our region last year.

Under today's new strategy, the Government will survey the whole country to find out where would be most suitable to store the waste.

The survey will take two years to complete.

Cost of decommissioning Sellafield nearly £50 billion

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has released a report estimating that it could cost nearly fifty billion pounds to decommission the site at Sellafield over the next 100 years.

The authority say that while this is a six billion pound increase upon last year's figure,

"...It was always the case that cost estimates for the complex projects associated with decommissioning Sellafield’s historic waste facilities would increase as these projects mature and our understanding increases."


£6 billion nuclear clean-up overspend

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has published its latest financial accounts and has revealed that the cost of cleaning up Sellafield nuclear plant in West Cumbria was nearly six billion pounds over its estimate for last year.

The authority described the decommissioning of Sellafield as "one of its most challenging environmental restoration projects."

Last year, nuclear management partners - who were awarded the contract, were heavily criticised for initial overspend on the clean up project.

Decommissioning figures due to be released

The latest cost of decommissioning at Sellafield is due to be released today.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority will present the figures to Parliament.

Parliament is expected to know the outcome of the cost later today Credit: ITV Border

There has already been severe criticism of previous over-spends, which have put up the costs to 70 billion pounds.

Sellafield 'should back down' over deer cull

Campaigners have held another protest outside Sellafield nuclear site about plans to cull dear which are trapped between two security fences.

Sellafield says it has received independent advice from leading experts stating the most humane option is to kill the animals.

But protesters say wildlife charities have offered to try and get the deer out alive.

"Sellafield should back down, do the popular thing, the correct thing, the humane thing."

– Geraldine McNamara, campaigner
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