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Old December 28th, 2014, 07:17 PM   #41
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From the BBC Cumbria News site @ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-29665911
Sellafield workers' £20m office development opens
18th October 2014



A £20m office development has opened its doors in West Cumbria.

Albion Square in Whitehaven will be home to more that 1,000 office workers, who will be relocating from the Sellafield nuclear plant. The joint project by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Copeland Borough Council and Sellafield Ltd, is on a site formerly occupied by a scrap metal merchant and an auto company.

There are hopes it will provide an economic boost to the town.

The decommissioning authority said it would be easier for staff who would now no longer have to go through the security system at Sellafield.

Elaine Woodburn, leader of Copeland Council, said: "As a council we've worked for nearly a decade to get this development. It's going to increase the footfall by over 1,000, which will be a massive boost to the town."
I pass this every week on my way to Aldi and it has transformed this part of Whitehaven, which a couple of years ago was dominated by a scrapyard, a disused garage, two empty houses and a pub that was like a Cumbrian version of the Alnwick Castle. It probably means businesses nearby like Aldi, Asda, Home Bargains and Argos will see a lot more trade.
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Old December 29th, 2014, 05:32 PM   #42
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Had a look at these offices today:

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Old January 4th, 2015, 11:21 PM   #43
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Had a look at these offices today:

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They stand out in what is probably the ugliest part of Whitehaven and now there's talk of building a cinema and restaurant nearby. I'd sooner look at this than a scrapyard and a load of drunks hanging around the Dusty Miller, a pub that used to open early in the morning.
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Old January 17th, 2015, 12:17 PM   #44
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Sellafield clean-up team lose £9bn contract

The Government has stripped the Amec, URS and AREVA consortium of its £9bn contract to clean up the nuclear waste site at Sellafield in Cumbria.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority will immediately step in to take over Sellafield and manage its clean-up, contracting out work packages to contractors.

Moving forward the NDA aims to find a new partner within the next 15 months to manage capital projects and contracts.


Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said Sellafield Ltd would now become a subsidiary of the NDA.

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Old January 17th, 2015, 11:32 PM   #45
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Sellafield clean-up team lose £9bn contract

The Government has stripped the Amec, URS and AREVA consortium of its £9bn contract to clean up the nuclear waste site at Sellafield in Cumbria.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority will immediately step in to take over Sellafield and manage its clean-up, contracting out work packages to contractors.

Moving forward the NDA aims to find a new partner within the next 15 months to manage capital projects and contracts.


Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said Sellafield Ltd would now become a subsidiary of the NDA.

Read more http://www.constructionenquirer.com/...-9bn-contract/
Good riddance, however it's a shame that we can't undo the asset stripping and ultimate destruction of BNFL.
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Old January 20th, 2015, 12:26 PM   #46
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M+W wins Sellafield waste store with £150m bid


Sellafield procurement bosses have confirmed M + W Group has won the job to complete the unfinished waste store building project at the site with a £150m bid.

A previous bid competition to deliver the Box Encapsulation Plant Product Store and Direct Import Facility was abandoned in 2013 after failing to attract sufficient interest.



M+W Group, which is based in Stuttgart, will use local Cumbrian firm James Fisher & Sons as it civils contractor.

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Old March 15th, 2015, 05:17 PM   #47
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Cost of nuclear clean up at Sellafield increased an extra £5bn in the past year

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Cost of nuclear clean up at Sellafield increased an extra £5bn in the past year
12:00, 15 March 2015 By Will Metcalfe


Sellafield Nuclear plant in Seascale, Cumbria

Constantly increasing costs for the clean up of Sellafield are Britain’s bill for the Cold War, an MP has claimed.

This week MPs launched a fresh attack against the rising cost and delays of decommissioning and cleaning up the Sellafield nuclear site. Leading figures from the nuclear industry were questioned by the Public Accounts Committee following the revelation that the expected costs have increased by £5 billion in a year, to £53 billion.

In a recent progress report on the work, the National Audit Office (NAO) criticised the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), which oversees the plant, for delays in cancelling a clean-up contract with the consortium Nuclear Management Partners (NMP) after demands from MPs a year ago to do so. The report said the contract was terminated only last month, at a cost to the taxpayer of £430,000 in cancellation fees.

The site is used to store nuclear material from across the UK and was the host of a facility which secretly produced nuclear materials for the UK’s defence programme during the Cold War which was finally demolished in 2014.

Jamie Reed, MP for Copeland, where the nuclear reprocessing site is based, said: “It is absolutely right that every penny of public money that is spent is accounted for and that value for money is achieved for the taxpayer. At Sellafield, we are dealing with some of the most complex decommissioning challenges in the world and, in some circumstances, it is understandable that costs rise as new challenges present themselves. In some of the silos and ponds at Sellafield it is not possible to understand the full challenges – and therefore the full costs of dealing with these challenges – until work has been done. The Public Accounts Committee and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority are doing sterling work in ensuring that the public get value for money from what is Britain’s bill for the Cold War era.”

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Old April 7th, 2015, 09:50 AM   #48
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Government minister to have last say on underground nuclear repository

By Julian Whittle

Published at 08:21, Tuesday, 07 April 2015

A future Secretary of State for Energy will have the final say on whether west Cumbria – or anywhere else – hosts an underground repository for nuclear waste.



Parliament has voted to make a repository a “nationally significant infrastructure project”, putting it in the same category as nuclear new build at Sellafield.

This means the decision to grant planning permission will lie with the Secretary of State, rather than with local authorities.

Anti-nuclear campaigners are convinced this makes it much more likely that a repository will be built.

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Old April 11th, 2015, 09:30 AM   #49
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Nuclear power station consortium moving in to Whitehaven town centre

By Jenny Barwise

Last updated at 11:09, Friday, 10 April 2015

The NuGen consortium proposing to build a nuclear power station in west Cumbria will move into Whitehaven’s Civic Hall.



The information centre and exhibition space will play a key role in the upcoming public consultation around the proposed Moorside Project, near Sellafield, and will be the company’s second base in the area alongside it’s office at Westlakes Science Park at Moor Row.

NuGen’s chief executive Sandy Rupprecht said: “It has long been our commitment to have a presence in Whitehaven town centre in order to engage with the local community about our proposals and help them to have their say.

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Old April 22nd, 2015, 10:07 AM   #50
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Talks to try and settle dispute at Sellafield nuclear site

By Jenny Barwise

Last updated at 08:20, Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Workers at the Sellafield nuclear site could take industrial action before the end of May if a row over health and safety is not resolved.



Shop stewards debated for three hours yesterday morning about what steps could be taken if an agreement is not reached concerning a new health and safety role.

Unite claims it has been trying for 10 months to have a union official appointed to the role at Sellafield Ltd before talks broke down.

Yesterday, an agreement was made to allow the National Joint Council for the Engineering Construction Industry (NJC) to try to intervene and resolve the issue.

But, if this is not successful, the 20 shop stewards unanimously agreed to ballot for industrial action.

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Old May 1st, 2015, 10:33 AM   #51
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Amec Foster Wheeler wins 10 year Sellafield waste contract



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AMEC Foster Wheeler has won a 10-year contract to supply radioactive waste analysis to the Sellafield nuclear plant in Cumbria.

The multi-million pound contract will see the engineering consultant perform lab-based work to help in the disposal of waste via the safest and most cost-effective means.

“The long-term nature of this contract is an endorsement of the exceptional skills and expertise within Amec Foster Wheeler,” said company spokesman Greg Willetts.

“Our laboratories have been delivering high quality, reliable analysis results since the 1980s and this award confirms our position as a leading provider of decommissioning services to the UK nuclear industry.”

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Old May 13th, 2015, 10:26 AM   #52
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Metalcraft to move to Cumbria after £50m Sellafield contract win

From yesterday's Bdaily @ https://bdaily.co.uk/industrials/12-...-contract-win/
Metalcraft to move to Cumbria after £50m Sellafield contract win
Sophia Taha 12 May 2015



Following a major contract win with Sellafield, Cambridge-based Metalcraft has announced that it plans to set up operations in Cumbria.

The £50m Sellafield contract is for high-quality stainless steel containers for nuclear waste and the company, Metalcraft was chosen due to its ‘ socio-economic commitments it made to deliver a package which includes new jobs, apprenticeships and training development to advance the capability of manufacturing skills.“

Sellafield Ltd managing director, Paul Foster, said: “This announcement demonstrates our total commitment to ensuring value for money for the UK taxpayer and securing a package of benefits to the communities in which we operate, from the annual £1.95bn annual expenditure on Sellafield. We recognise that how we work with our supply chain can and should play a fundamental part in supporting socio-economic growth and ensuring that we remain the backbone of the community. Our investment in education, skills and infrastructure must be felt in West Cumbria and the wider UK economy.“

The news comes as the cost of decommissioning Sellafield has rocketed as the process has taken longer than expected.
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Old May 16th, 2015, 12:05 PM   #53
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Consultation starts today on nuclear power station plan

Last updated at 09:11, Saturday, 16 May 2015

Consultation starts today on plans to build Europe’s biggest new nuclear development in west Cumbria.

A series of open meetings are being held across Cumbria, where people can learn more about the Moorside development. The open meetings are from 11am to 7.30pm.

For more details visit: www.nugenconsultation.com.

Read more http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/co...plan-1.1212431
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Unions won't back underground nuclear store unless jobs kept local

By Sue Crawford

Published at 13:57, Tuesday, 09 June 2015

Furious union leaders have warned they will not support the building of an underground nuclear waste repository in west Cumbria if the local workforce is not guaranteed future jobs.



The statement has been made in the wake of a decision by Sellafield to award a second £50 million contract for metal storage containers to a company outside the county.

In an open letter to MPs and local politicians, the joint Sellafield unions the GMB, Prospect and Unite said yesterday that the Sellafield workforce and west Cumbrian community were outraged that Sellafield had awarded two £50m contracts to produce metal boxes to companies outside west Cumbria.

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Site of new Cumbria nuclear plant confirmed

Last updated at 11:43, Tuesday, 14 July 2015

The site of a new Cumbrian nuclear power plant has been confirmed.



NuGen, the UK nuclear new-build developer, announced today that it has officially signed a contract with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority for the Moorside site.

Feasibility studies at Moorside have now confirmed the site is suitable for the construction of three reactors.

NuGen have paid an undisclosed sum to the NDA for the land and the contract was approved at a meeting in Tokyo today.

NuGen chief executive Tom Samson signed the land deal with the NDA’s chief executive John Clarke.

Mr Samson was delighted at the “major milestone for NuGen’s Moorside project”.

“This is a key moment in our Moorside Project journey," he said. "Our board has reached a decision of significance which confirms Moorside is suitable, against criteria at this stage of the development.

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Proposed nuclear development will be of "unprecedented scale"

Last updated at 16:12, Thursday, 23 July 2015

A new nuclear power plant in Cumbria will be of a scale "unprecedented for the UK".



Speaking at a meeting of Cumbria County Council’s cabinet today, leader Stewart Young said that significant additional investment is needed to achieve the Government's nuclear aspirations.

The proposed £10bn project at Moorside will see the construction of three nuclear reactors.

Cabinet heard that extensive investment is needed into services like the county’s infrastructure (roads, railways and port), accommodation for the workforce, and the development of skills to ensure that as many jobs as possible are taken by Cumbrians.

This “significant additional investment” in the current public sector financial climate will need to come from NuGen, the Government or both.

Read more http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/pr...cale-1.1223451
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Sellafield nuclear site ordered to improve after string of safety breaches

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Sellafield nuclear site ordered to improve after string of safety breaches
08:00, 1 August 2015 By Will Metcalfe


Sellafield Nuclear plant in Seascale, Cumbria

The North’s most notorious nuclear site has been issued with an improvement notice after series of safety breaches. The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) issued Sellafield, in Cumbria, with the notice after 13 safety breaches at the Magnox Reprocessing Plant at the site.

Among the incidents were problems with a vessel which could have resulted in a ‘critical’ accident, failure to have alternative monitoring equipment following a power fault and failing to have substitute equipment on discharge stack alarms.

The notice comes as the investigation into the Bosley mill explosion in Cheshire, which claimed the lives of four people, continues, amid claims from whistleblowers that staff were given no training.

Sellafield’s Magnox plant reprocesses spent fuel from across the UK, but ONR inspectors found a failure to act on operating instructions. However the plant says new measures have been introduced to address the concerns.

The notice said: “In each of these events, diligent adherence to the plant’s OIs was an important part of Sellafield Ltd’s suite of measures designed to prevent accidents with significant radiological consequences, which in the case of criticality accidents may even be fatal consequences. All these events compromised one of the multiple barriers Sellafield Ltd had put in place to ensure nuclear safety. Sellafield Ltd agrees that these events highlight significant shortfalls in its management of nuclear safety and has already responded by preparing an improvement programme.”

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Old August 18th, 2015, 06:17 PM   #58
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Proposed nuclear development will be of "unprecedented scale"

Last updated at 16:12, Thursday, 23 July 2015

A new nuclear power plant in Cumbria will be of a scale "unprecedented for the UK".



Speaking at a meeting of Cumbria County Council’s cabinet today, leader Stewart Young said that significant additional investment is needed to achieve the Government's nuclear aspirations.

The proposed £10bn project at Moorside will see the construction of three nuclear reactors.

Cabinet heard that extensive investment is needed into services like the county’s infrastructure (roads, railways and port), accommodation for the workforce, and the development of skills to ensure that as many jobs as possible are taken by Cumbrians.

This “significant additional investment” in the current public sector financial climate will need to come from NuGen, the Government or both.

Read more http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/pr...cale-1.1223451
Another concern locally could be if the anti nuclear Jeremy Corbyn becomes Labour leader and looks like he could win the next election. Moorside would be the first project to be cancelled and Sellafield could close with the loss of 8000 jobs. I know talking to Sellafield staff that a Corbyn win is one thing they don't want to happen.
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'World class' training centre plan for Sellafield police

By Jonny Irving

Last updated at 09:31, Tuesday, 03 November 2015

A new state-of-the-art training facility for police officers protecting the Sellafield nuclear site is poised to get the go-ahead.



A new state-of-the-art training facility for police officers protecting the Sellafield nuclear site is poised to get the go-ahead.
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The centre would include firing ranges

The Civil Nuclear Constabulary want to build the 161,000 sq ft site on green field land to the north east of the spwaling atomiccomplex.

The force say the proposed “world class” facility will provide the “highest level of teaching and training”.

Planning officers from Copeland Council have recommended the scheme for approval, subject to conditions.

And if it gets the green light at tomorrow’s development control meeting it could see the creation of three indoor firing ranges, a central hub with office and conference facilities, outdoor training areas and other infrastructure built.

The central hub will be a four-storey building and includes a visitors reception, classrooms, administrative offices plus a secure armoury.

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Go-ahead for police firearms training centre at Sellafield

By Ben Graham

Last updated at 08:48, Thursday, 05 November 2015

A new training centre for armed officers at Sellafield has been approved at a planning panel meeting.



The “world class” facility, which will be built on land south-east of Sellafield in Seascale, will include indoor and outdoor training centres, including three indoor firing ranges and an ‘advanced skills hub’.

Work on the new firearms training facility on land to the south east of the Sellafield site will begin at the end of next year and it will be up and running in early 2017.

Concerns were raised at the planning meeting because the complex is set to be built on greenfield land. Letters of objection from parish and Copeland councillors raised concerns about noise, traffic and the environmental impact of the facility.

The building, with 15,000 square metres of floor space, also be used a conference facility and have parking space for over 130 vehicles.

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