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NDA takes over Sellafield site

The site changes hands on Friday, April 1. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) will take over the running of Sellafield from Friday, April 1, in a non-commercially driven contract.

The new arrangement sees Sellafield Ltd, the company responsible for clean up operations at the nuclear site, become a subsidiary of the NDA, the public body responsible for the safe and efficient clean-up of the UK's nuclear programme.

The change will allow Sellafield Ltd to progress its hazard and risk reduction and decommissioning, in order to deliver it more efficiently.

Sellafield Ltd has been owned by private sector consortium Nuclear Management Partners (NMP) since 2008.

The NDA and Sellafield Ltd will be working to exactly the same goal – safely delivering the mission as quickly and efficiently as possible. Progress has been made under the old arrangements but in the long term they are not suited to a site like Sellafield. The work that needs to be done at Sellafield is very complex, often difficult to define and spans many years. The new arrangements will accommodate the challenges at the site more easily and better allow for longer term planning. The private sector will still be heavily involved in delivering work at Sellafield but no longer as an owner.

– John Clarke, CEO, NDA

The business will fundamentally change when reprocessing at the site ends in 2020, which gives us a defined window of opportunity to evolve so we are best equipped to deliver our mission successfully. Underpinning the changes we’re making is a drive for greater efficiency.

– Paul Foster, CEO, Sellafield Ltd