Support services giant Babcock International could suffer a fresh blow as a contract to decommission Scotland’s oldest nuclear reactor is taken back in-house by the state’s agency. Cavendish, a division of Babcock, runs Dounreay in a joint venture with American engineering companies Aecom and Jacobs. The deal was signed in 2012 and runs until the 2030s. However, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), a government-funded body that manages the clean-up of Britain’s ageing nuclear sites, is understood to be considering stripping the company of the contract. Ministers tore up another Babcock nuclear contract — for the decommissioning of former Magnox sites — after a judge ruled in 2016 that the procurement process had been “manipulated” and “fudged” by the NDA. It was taken back in-house and is expected to be divided into smaller contracts. Ministers then set up an independent inquiry into the botched £6bn deal, led by former National Grid boss Steve Holliday, but the outcome has yet to be published after a long delay.
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