Nirex is set to lay off more than 200 staff and contract workers, following the dismissal of its case to build an underground rock laboratory at Sellafield.
The nuclear-waste company’s board meets today, and more details of the redundancies should follow next week.
Michael Folger, Nirex’s chief executive, said on Monday that there would `obviously be implications for the jobs of both staff and contractors’ as the company was forced to change its programme for next year.
The 27-strong team from Cementation and geoscience specialist Giga, working on the shaft-sinking contract for the planned rock characterisation facility will leave the site today, and the remaining 79 staff on contract to the Nirex team will return to their parent companies.
A total of 38 Nirex staff working at the site are at risk and a spokeswoman confirmed that there would be `a significant number of job losses’ among the 166 employees at the Harwell headquarters.
Some of the contract staff not employed at Sellafield also seem certain to go. `It’s not a happy place,’ she said.