BEIS, NLF and EDF have agreed revised arrangements to deliver safe, lower cost, and more efficient decommissioning of EDF’s fleet of seven Advanced Gas Cooled Reactor (AGR) stations once they stop generating power. Under the revised arrangements, the AGR stations will transfer to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) after EDF has ceased generating and defueled the sites, subject to regulatory approvals, with Magnox as the new Site Licence Company. The NDA will take ownership of the stations and manage the long-term decommissioning programme. These arrangements will harness EDF’s unique expertise in defueling the AGR reactors and NDA’s extensive experience of decommissioning nuclear plants and facilities in the UK. The new arrangements provide significant potential cost savings for the taxpayer, with the potential to achieve upward of £1bn of savings, without compromising on safety and security. They will also provide government with enhanced oversight of decommissioning costs.
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EDF welcomes the completion of the agreement with Government for the AGR defueling and decommissioning programme. EDF CEO, Simone Rossi said: “We are committed to delivering value to the taxpayer via the Nuclear Liabilities Fund (NLF) and the revised arrangements provide the certainty we need to plan and deliver safe and cost-effective defueling. The arrangements also provide our employees and supply chain partners important clarity over jobs for the coming years. We look forward to building on our collaborative partnership with the NDA to ensure successful defueling with Sellafield and a seamless transfer of the AGR stations to Magnox.”
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