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
shown in terms of progress against strategic objectives in the Mission Progress Report
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
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
1 Magnox site, Bradwell in Essex, entered Care and Maintenance phase
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)
The Energy Act 2004 requires that we review and publish our Strategy at least every 5 years. UK government and the Scottish Ministers approved our latest Strategy in April 2016.
The final Strategy incorporates stakeholder views, feedback and responses to the consultation on our draft Strategy.
We use 5 themes to deliver programmes of work.
We develop options and make recommendations within these programmes of work. Our stakeholders help develop these credible options and the preferred option on a range of issues within the programmes of work.
Every year we invite comments on our draft Business Plan which:
reflects the Strategy published in 2016
sets out key activities and the progress the NDA expects across all its sites during the next 3 years, in line with the funding allocated by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
We seek to maintain progress and maximise value for money by focusing on the highest hazards, whilst ensuring that safe, secure and environmentally responsible site operations are maintained across our estate.
Our current Business Plan includes a 20 year overview and planned activities for the next 3 years.
Specific targets sit behind this planned activity. Progress against these Business Plan targets for the current year is published in our Quarterly Performance Reports.
There has been significant progress in delivering our mission of decommissioning, hazard reduction and clean-up and we have ensured spending remains below the annual limit set by the government.
All Magnox sites have been declared fuel free, after the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) gave its official ‘fuel-free verification’ to Wylfa in October 2019. This marked the end of defueling operations at the UK’s 26 Magnox reactors.
All 11 tonnes of separated plutonium has now been safely transported from Dounreay to Sellafield, the UK’s centre of excellence for managing plutonium, for storage.
The first concrete was poured on a £1bn custom-built facility at Sellafield to repackage the plutonium materials for safe and secure long-term storage.
This report focuses on the 4 themes we outline in our Strategy that are common across all sites and enable us to measure our achievements. Whether it’s managing the spent fuels from Magnox reactors, safely transferring and storing nuclear materials in more modern facilities or treating and packaging various types of radioactive waste, it’s all leading us to the ultimate goal of being able to hand back the land we currently own, making it available
to communities for other uses.
Working with our businesses and key stakeholders, we generated this report that demonstrates how far we have travelled since 2005, and how much further is left to go over the next 120-plus years.
We’ve determined what each of the key steps or ‘strategic outcomes’ are that we need to achieve in order to complete our mission. We’ve applied a consistent set of measurements or ‘metrics’ for the data that shows what materials and buildings we have to manage and, crucially, we indicate what is happening now and what important
decisions need to take place in order for us to complete our mission.