The UK government has been accused of being partly to blame for shortfalls on a nuclear clean-up contract that wound up costing taxpayers as much as £122m in legal expenses.
In a report into the contract to clean up the Magnox nuclear reactor and research sites, The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) accused the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) of failing to procure and manage the contract, which it also found had been awarded to the wrong bidder. The NDA ran a procurement exercise between 2012 and 2014, awarding the 14-year contract for services to decommission 12 sites (two nuclear sites and 10 Magnox sites) to Cavendish Fluor Partnership (CFP).
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The government needs to take back control of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), following a searing report by MPs highlighting the costly failures in the nuclear clean-up contract. Unite, the country’s largest union, made the call following the Public Accounts Committee’s (PAC) report that accused the NDA of failing in the procurement and management of the contract to decommission two nuclear research sites and 10 Magnox sites. The High Court ruled in 2016 that the NDA had failed to treat all bidders the same when it awarded the 2014 contract to clean up the Magnox reactors to Cavendish Fluor Partnership (CFP). The successful High Court challenge came from failed bidder EnergySolutions.
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