Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

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Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
Agency owerview
Formed1 April 2005
Precedin agency
  • Coal and Nuclear Liabilities Unit
TeepNon-departmental public body
JurisdictionUnited Kingdom
HeidquartersHerdus House, Westlakes Science & Technology Park, Moor Row, Cumbria
Meenister responsible
Agency executives
  • David Peattie, Chief Executive
  • Tom Smith, Chairman
Child agencies

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is a non-departmental public body o the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, formed by the Energy Act 2004. It evolved from the Coal and Nuclear Liabilities Unit o the Department of Trade and Industry. It came into existence during late 2004, an took on its main functions on 1 April 2005. Its purpose is tae deliver the decommissioning an clean-up o the UK’s civil nuclear legacy in a safe an cost-effective manner, an, where possible, to accelerate programmes o work that reduce hazard. The NDA does not directly manage the UK's nuclear sites. It oversees the work through contracts with specially designed companies kent as Site Licence Companies. The NDA determines the overall strategy an priorities for managing decommissioning.

Although the NDA itself only employs 300 staff, its annual budget is £3.2 billion. The vast majority o the NDA budget is spent through contracts with Site Licence Companies, who also sub-contract to other companies which provide special services. The NDA aims tae do this bi introducin innovation an contractor expertise through a series o competitions similar tae the model that has been used in the Unitit States. In April 2017, the NDA lost a legal case in the Supreme Coort o the Unitit Kinrick regardin the procurement o a sizeable contract for the decommissioning o 12 different Magnox nuclear facilities when EnergySolutions EU Ltd. (now called ATK Energy EU Ltd.) challenged a decision in connection with ATK’s unsuccessful bid.[1]

Objectives[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • eliminate site hazards an develop waste solutions
  • ensure the highest standards in safety, security an environmental management
  • build an effective warld class industry
  • gain full approval an support from stakeholders (employees, contractors, government, local communities an the general public)
  • make best use o assets an maximise value-for-money

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