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United Kingdom: NDA extends Sellafield site management contract for another five years

(PresseBox) (Paris, ) The NDA (Nuclear Decommissioning Authority) announced today the extension of the contract for the management and operation of the Sellafield site by Nuclear Management Partners (NMP) for another five years. This joint venture combines the expertise of URS, AMEC, and AREVA.

NMP, through Sellafield Ltd., manages and operates the site on behalf of the NDA since 2008. This scope includes reprocessing and waste storage facilities, the former nuclear power stations Calder Hall and Windscale (Cumbria), as well as the engineering design centre at Risley (Cheshire).

AREVA brings its expertise in various areas including operations, engineering, and decommissioning.

With a workforce of 10,000 people, Sellafield is the largest nuclear site in the United Kingdom and one of the world's most complex nuclear sites. Over the past five years, NMP and Sellafield Ltd. have gained a better understanding of this challenging project, while achieving important objectives and efficiencies. Some of operational milestones include the retrieval of spent fuel from a legacy storage pond and the first returns of High Active Waste to their country of origin. The site also achieved its best ever industrial safety performance in 2012.

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AREVA supplies advanced technology solutions for power generation with less carbon. Its expertise and unwavering insistence on safety, security, transparency and ethics are setting the standard, and its responsible development is anchored in a process of continuous improvement.

Ranked first in the global nuclear power industry, AREVA's unique integrated offering to utilities covers every stage of the fuel cycle, nuclear reactor design and construction, and operating services. The group is actively developing its activities in renewable energies - wind, bioenergy, solar and energy storage - to become a European leader in this sector.

With these two major offers, AREVA's 47,000 employees are helping to supply ever safer, cleaner and more economical energy to the greatest number of people.