UK’s Sellafield awards multi-million pound nuclear waste contract

Sellafield Ltd said Friday it has awarded a multi-million pound contract
to a partnership of Areva, AMEC and Balfour Beatty related to future
construction of a highly active nuclear liquid waste effluent project at the
Cumbria complex in northwest England.

The pre-construction contract requires the consortium, known as the Halef
Partnership, to work together with Sellafield Ltd to develop the concept

The work will commence immediately and it is anticipated that this phase
will take approximately two years, Sellafield Ltd said in a statement.

On completion and there still being a business requirement, this will be
followed by a four-year procurement construction and commissioning phase,
scheduled to begin mid-2012, the company said.

The new facility will store radioactive effluents, which arise from
nuclear processing operations. It comprises a series of high integrity highly
active storage tanks in a seismically qualified reinforced concrete building.

In a separate statement, Areva said the total project budget, including
construction, will exceed GBP250 million ($379 million).

Under the terms of the contract, Areva will provide engineering
management and process design services in addition to procurement and
commissioning of highly active storage tanks and associated equipment, Areva

Sellafield Ltd is the site license company running the Sellafield complex
that is owned by the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

The management and operations contract for Sellafield Ltd is held by
Nuclear Management Partners, a consortium of Areva, URS and AMEC.

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