Sellafield clean-up bill soars to €73bn

The cost of decommissioning and cleaning up the nuclear site at Sellafield has risen £5bn (€6.9bn) to £53bn (€73bn), a new report shows.

The National Audit Office said between 2010 to 2011 and 2013 to 2014 the nuclear provision for the site in Cumbria increased by more than £15bn, mainly from higher estimates of the cost of work required to complete decommissioning and clean up.

Margaret Hodge, the Labour MP who chairs the Public Accounts Committee, said: “Despite my committee’s calls in February 2014 for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to make big improvements, the cost of cleaning up the nuclear waste at Sellafield continues to soar and has risen by an astonishing £5bn to £53bn in February 2015, from £48bn on March 31, 2014.

“The authority’s work at Sellafield is not just costing more, it is also taking much longer than planned and, for 2014 to 2015, it looks like work will be behind schedule for the fourth year running,” she said.

The report also revealed it cost £430,000 to terminate a contract in January with private consortium Nuclear Management Partners to clean up the Sellafield site.

The NMA, Energy Department, Sellafield and NMP will face the Public Accounts Committee next week.


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