The NDA has continued to make good progress on cleaning up 17 of the UK’s earliest nuclear sites, and has ensured that spending remains below the annual budget set by government.
Details of the achievements from across the NDA group and financial expenditure are outlined in the NDA Annual Report 2018 to 2019, published today.
Chief Executive David Peattie said in his review:
The NDA had exceeded its revenue targets, generating income of £1 billion to supplement the £2.2 billion government allocation.
We’re here to clean up the legacy of the past. Our role is to ensure that this task – of significant national importance - is carried out safely and efficiently, ensuring both people and the environment are safeguarded at all times.
He added that major progress had also been made in decommissioning, hazard reduction and clean-up including:
- Sellafield’s Thermal Oxide Reprocessing Plant (Thorp) sheared its last piece of spent nuclear fuel for reprocessing. During 25 years of operations, the plant brought in more than £9 billion to the UK economy by reprocessing more than 9,300 tonnes of fuel.
- Work has begun to demolish Sellafield’s Pile Chimney – one of the oldest and most iconic structures on the site
- The Dounreay Materials Test Reactor is ready for demolition after 10 years of preparatory work.
- The consent-based process to identify a volunteer site for the geological disposal of higher-activity nuclear waste was launched.
David said that changes to the organisation, initiated when he took up his role 2 years ago, were creating real momentum among the group’s people, who were seeking out new approaches to deliver our mission in a more collaborative way. The organisation would become stronger, with a more robust and standardised governance framework.
Other recent developments include a revision to rates (mandated by HM treasury) leading to a £107 billion decrease in the discounted nuclear provision estimate.
In addition, the NDA, as part of its commitment to openness and transparency, has published its first Mission Progress Report. The report shows the progress we’ve made since 2005 and provides us with a baseline against which future progress can be tracked.
For the first time, we’ve used the same metrics for land, buildings and nuclear inventory, providing a clearer and more consistent picture for people to understand.