British Nuclear Fuels is leading a bid for a £50m construction project for the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Ukraine.
The contract will involve building an interim store for more than 26,000 irradiated fuel assemblies that will have to be removed from the remaining three reactors at Chernobyl to close the plant down by 2000.
Two BNFL subsidiaries will head a number of other ‘leading nuclear companies’ in bidding for the contract.
‘The submission will be part of an international team effort with BNFL Interim Storage and BNFL Engineering as the prime contractor,’ said Peter Winter, head of Interim Storage.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, as administrator of the fund set up to pay for the project, is prequalifying contractors.
Groups from more than 20 countries have put in submissions.
The bank is expected to ask for formal bids in October this year.
It has already appointed the US’s Westinghouse and NNC as project managers, and the two firms will assist it in assessing the tenders before the award of the contract early next year.