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Immense challenges ahead at Sellafield

The National Audit Office is warning of the immense financial and technical challenges that lie ahead in decommissioning the giant Sellafield nuclear site in West Cumbria.

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Nuclear Decommissioning Authority statement

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority have released a statement in response to a report by the Audit Office which reveals immense financial challenges ahead for the Sellafield site.

In it they welcome the report and congratulate the Audit Office on the quality of their work

"The Report has focussed on the major projects element of the Sellafield programme which represents some £450 million a year out of Sellafield's £1.6 billion annual site expenditure.

"The Report has recognised the unique nature of the task at Sellafield and the scale of the challenge to deliver major projects at Europe's most complex industrial site, where facilities, equipment and materials date back to the 1940s and 50s.

"The NAO has recognised the progress made by the NDA in developing the strategy and plans to tackle this hazardous legacy, as well as the difficult context of putting in place a contract to deliver a programme of work whilst significant uncertainty about the scope of the task remains.

– Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority own the Sellafield site which is run by Sellafield Limited.

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