The National Audit Office has published its report on the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s Magnox Contract. Between 2012 and 2014, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) ran a competitive procurement exercise for services to decommission two nuclear research sites and 10 Magnox sites. The latter comprise power stations that were at, or nearing, the end of their operational life. With an estimated value of up to £6.2 billion, the ‘Magnox contract’ is among the largest by value put out to tender by HM Government. “The NDA’s fundamental failures in the Magnox contract procurement raise serious questions about its understanding of procurement regulations; its ability to manage large, complex procurements; and why the errors detected by the High Court judgement were not identified earlier. “In light of these issues, the Department must consider whether its governance and oversight arrangements surrounding the NDA are sufficiently clear and effective in providing the scrutiny and assurance it requires to meet the standards expected in managing public money.”

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Fundamental failures in awarding a £6.2 billion deal to decommission the UK’s ageing fleet of Magnox nuclear power stations cost the taxpayer £122 million, an official report has found.

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The NDA should be scrapped in its current form and redesignated as the Nuclear Development Agency says GMB. GMB, the union for nuclear workers, has said the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is not fit for purpose and requires wholesale overhaul after a contract bungle cost the tax payer £122million. A National Audit Office (NAO) report reveals “fundamental failures” by the NDA led to the authority fudging a £6 billion clean-up contract that left taxpayers with a £122 million bill.

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Published: 12 October 2017