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16th September 2015
NuGen has signed a long-term co-operation agreement with Sellafield Ltd and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) to support safe and compliant operations as Moorside moves forward.
The agreement was signed at the same time as NuGen’s recent land deal with the NDA, which confirmed Moorside Site as suitable for the construction of three AP1000® reactors.
All three parties had been working under temporary arrangements for some time - but the long-term agreement provides a firm and continuous commitment to collaboration and co-operation, while mitigating impacts on each other’s operations.
The co-operation agreement supports the requirements of both the NDA and Sellafield Ltd for the continued safe operations of the existing and the construction of any new facilities associated with decommissioning and cleaning-up the Sellafield site.
Equally, the agreement assists NuGen in delivering its preparation and investigation work during the development stage of the Moorside Project - and onwards during the operational phase of the power station.
The general principles of the co-op agreement are that it:
NuGen’s Corporate Affairs Director, Gary Shuttleworth, said: “This agreement formalises the way we have been working together for a number of years. It establishes a structure for open and timely dialogue and encourages regular engagement to support each other to deliver our goals”.
Rory O’Neill, Director of Stakeholder Relations at Sellafield Ltd, said: “We are delighted to sign the co-operation agreement with NuGen and the NDA.
“Nuclear safety is the number one priority for all of us and this agreement will ensure the decommissioning of the Sellafield site and the development of Moorside will continue to move forward with the highest standards of radiological safety, conventional health and safety and protection of the environment as possible.”