The UK’s nuclear clean-up cost estimate drops
20 September 2016
Since last year estimates of the cost for cleaning up some of the UK’s historical nuclear sites have slightly decreased from £118 million to £117 million.
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has stated this in its Nuclear Provision Corporate Report, considered the best report for estimating the cost of clean-up for seventeen of the country’s earliest nuclear sites in a programme that will last 120 years.
Including a wide range of disciplines, the estimate is based on the expected costs of decommissioning, dismantling and demolishing the buildings, managing and disposing of all waste followed by a thorough remediation of the land. This work is vital for any regeneration of these properties to even be considered in the future. Benefits include an improvement in soil health and the creation of more opportunities for the environment.
The NDA owns the historic sites on behalf of the Government and is responsible for deciding how they should be decommissioned. Completion is scheduled for 2120, more than a century after the creation of the NDA.
To further increase our Nuclear decontamination portfolio VHE has been successfully appointed on the Magnox Land Quality Services Framework which encompasses a range of land quality services on a nationwide scale. Activities under the framework incorporate remediation, earthworks, small scale demolition, both soft and hard landscaping and infrastructure works as part of a long term decommissioning programme. Clients with whom VHE has worked in this area of expertise include the UK Atomic Energy Authority, British Nuclear Fuels Ltd and the Ministry of Defence.
VHE are a leading land remediation company with a highly trained and qualified team to deal with contaminated land throughout the UK. Playing an important role, we aim to improve the environment through cleaner land, water and soil to allow local communities to function even more productively.
For more information on how we could help your local community with a high quality land remediation service, contact us on 01226 320 150.