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Balfour Beatty/Babcock wins early contractor Sellafield scheme

A Balfour Beatty/Babcock joint venture has won a contract covering the the first phase of a new multi-million pound waste storage facility at Sellafield.

The contract, for the Early Contractor Engagement Phase of the Box Encapsulation Plant

Product Store and Comprehensive Import Export Facility Project, will start immediately with completion of the entire project scheduled for 2019.

The project will incorporate the completion and expansion of a purpose-built, above-ground nuclear waste store and the construction of a new import/export facility to handle radioactive waste at the Sellafield site in West Cumbria.

Paul Stewart, Sellafield’s programme delivery manager for the project, said: “We are pleased to award this contract to the Babcock and Balfour Beatty Joint Venture and are looking forward to working in close partnership with them to deliver a safe, reliable and cost effective facility.”

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s Sellafield programme director Dr Ian Hudson  said: “Our priority at Sellafield is the reduction of risk and high hazard, and this project will deliver a new facility that will have an important role to play in storing the waste that arises from that work.”