Sellafield to get new owners?

An announcement on who will manage the Sellafield nuclear site from next year is expected to be made later today.

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Government "supports decision" to extend Sellafield contract

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
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"The task at Sellafield is unprecedented"

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

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Nuclear Decommissioning Authority announces Sellafield contract extension

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.