NMP set to lose Sellafield contract

Published: Monday 12th January 2015 by The News Editor

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A private consortium is set to lose a multi billion pound contract to clean up the nuclear waste site at Sellafield.

The Government is tomorrow expected to announced the termination of the £9 billion contract awarded to Nuclear Management Partners (NMP).

The industrial consortium – US engineering group URS, British firm AMEC and French energy firm AREVA – has run the site for more than six years, and was granted a five-year extension in 2013, despite criticism from unions of its performance.

NMP, which employs 10,000 workers, was given a 17 year contract in 2008 in one of the UK’s biggest ever public procurement deals.

The original deal included break points where it could be continued, cancelled or modified.

Gary Smith, national officer of the GMB union, said: “The termination of the NMP contract is welcome. We could not limp on any further.

“We said the contract should not have been extended in 2013. We understand the Tories overruled the NDA. The Government needs to be held to account.

“Hundreds of millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money have been squandered as NMP has simply failed to deliver time and time again. They have been big on promises but not on delivery.

“NMP and the Tories have failed the local community the workforce and the taxpayer. While NMP have now gone, which is great, the minister responsible for extending the contact in 2013 must be held to account.”

An Energy Department spokesperson said: “Ed Davey (Energy Secretary) has been very clear that he’s wanted to see more effective progress in decommissioning the biggest and most complex nuclear site in Europe, providing the best outcome for the taxpayer.

“The NDA and Government have been working with industry experts on alternative options.”

Labour MP Jamie Reed, whose Copeland constituency includes Sellafield, Tweeted: “Hearing Sellafield NMP contract terminated. Inevitable, necessary and overdue.”

Published: Monday 12th January 2015 by The News Editor

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