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Bechtel and Serco in nukes link

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SERVICES group Serco is set to team up with US giant Bechtel to bid for work in the UK's £70 billion nuclear decommissioning market.

A spokesman for Serco said: 'We have not released any confirmation of this yet, but Serco has always said we will look to bid for work in nuclear decommissioning. We also made it clear we wanted to team up with the best and that means American firms.'

Rumours have also been circulating that Bechtel is hoping to purchase British Nuclear Group, which operates a number of power stations set for decommissioning, including Sellafield.

Bechtel's involvement in the UK decommissioning industry has escalated since the firm was involved in setting the up of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

The Government originally banned the company from bidding for work until 2008 because of its dealings with the NDA, but that ban has now been lifted.

Another US Company, CH2M Hill, has teamed up with Amec and UKAEA to bid for the first chunk of decommissioning work in the programme.