Our top priorities are safety, security, environmental responsibility and providing value for taxpayers’ money.
Plans for decommissioning and clean-up activities on our sites are based on our Strategy and the budget allocated to NDA.
These activities are:
- outlined in advance in our Business Plan
- reported on during the year
- reported on at the end of the year in our Annual Report and Accounts
Our work programme is moving at speed and we have made significant progress, including reducing the risks around our most hazardous sites.
What we have achieved so far…
Since our creation in 2005, we have:
- developed a detailed understanding of the legacy and produced the first-ever UK-wide strategy for tackling it
- prioritised funds towards the highest hazards
- reshaped the industry and introduced international delivery partners
- delivered value for money by driving performance and efficiency
- maximised income to reduce cost to taxpayers – over £10 billion of income in the last nine years – including £470 million from land sales to new nuclear operators
- invested in skills to build the future capability of the UK’s nuclear workforce
- developed our approach to open and transparent engagement with stakeholders
- worked with communities in priority areas to help them plan for sustainable futures
What we expect to achieve in the future…
During the next 10 years we expect…
- all Magnox stations defuelled and spent fuel reprocessed to long-term stable form
- 4 Magnox sites to have entered Care and Maintenance
- progress on high hazard reduction, including retrievals from Legacy Ponds and Silos at Sellafield
- all NDA’s non-core assets to have been disposed of
During the next 20 years we expect…
- all other Magnox sites to have entered Care and Maintenance
- decommissioning to have been completed at Harwell and Winfrith
- at Dounreay, all Intermediate Level Waste (ILW) to have been removed from the shaft and all residues removed from the Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR)
- the Plutonium Contaminated Material (PCM) facilities to have been removed at the Low Level Waste Repository in Cumbria
- confirmation of a site’s suitability to host a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF)
We implement policies set by government. The devolved administrations for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are responsible for developing their own policies in this area.
How we implement these policies is set out in our Strategy, which develops over time to reflect any policy changes introduced by government. UK government and the Scottish ministers approve our Strategy and business plans.
We deliver our role through 5 overarching core processes:
Our strategy is reviewed every 5 years and provides the framework for delivering our mission on behalf of government. It sets out our strategic direction and long term objectives and determines what the NDA is going to do to deliver its policy obligations. We’ve developed a Strategy Management System to support the development of strategic options and make decisions on a series of distinct issues.
Our plans set out how we will deliver the key outcomes required to achieve our mission in the right timeframe and within the funding agreed with government.
The planning process helps us to make estate-wide decisions over the short and long term and ensures we are prepared for government spending reviews.
Our Business Plan provides:
- a 20-year overview of estate activities
- planned activities across the estate within the next 3 years
The contracting process enables us to run competitions and put in place contractual arrangements for the management and operation of our sites using contracts with both Site Licence Companies (SLCs) and their Parent Body Organisations (PBOs).
Our contracts provide a framework for setting out our requirements and expectations. They are designed to:
- deliver our desired outcomes
- enable effective performance management
- provide appropriate reward to our contractors
4. Managing performance
We manage the performance of SLCs through relevant contract mechanisms. We do this by analysing:
- performance and programme/project plans
- proposals for managing deviations from plans
We ensure that the SLCs comply with their contracts and deliver the required outcomes. Using appropriate contractual mechanisms, incentives and governance frameworks, we rigorously verify claims ensuring that there is robust professional challenge and dialogue as appropriate. We report performance of the SLCs to the NDA board, government and stakeholders.
We ensure the SLCs, the NDA and our subsidiaries achieve the outcomes our mission requires by:
- using risk-based planning
- conducting assurance
- providing specialist support
This process ensures that we have the right people, processes and plans in place to ensure that hazards are reducing as planned. We need to know that projects and programmes are on track in line within agreed funding limits.