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Four fight for £20m nuclear deal

CONTRACTS - NORTH WALES

CONTRACTORS are lining up for the second part of a £1.3 billion decommissioning project at the Trawsfynydds power station in north Wales.

Norwest Holst, Nuttall, Balfour Beatty and Laing O'Rourke are all battling it out for the £20 million deal, which will see an intermediate level waste storage facility built on the site.

Client BNFL Magnox began the huge clean-up operation last year. The plan is to restore Trawsfynydds to a green field site within 25 years in accordance with Nuclear Decommissioning Authority guidelines.

The winning contractor will build waste storage facilities at the site to house toxic gas from the decommissioning process.

Tenders were returned before Christmas.

Interviews will begin on January 18.

Contract award is expected next month, with construction work starting in March.

Enabling works, including the demolition of a nine-storey building, is already being completed.

The power station's location on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park makes the clean up more complex, with emphasis placed on preserving the landscape.

Maintenance and care work is expected to last 50 years after decommissioning.