Nuclear waste deal for Aker Kvaerner

Magnox Electric has awarded Aker Kvaerner a £16m contract to design, build and install a plant for the retrieval and encapsulation of nuclear waste


Berkley, Somerset-based Magnox Electric has awarded Aker Kvaerner a £16m contract to design, build and install a plant for the retrieval and encapsulation of wet intermediate level wastes (ILW) at the Hunterston A Site.



The project is part of the West Kilbride site’s nuclear decommissioning programme which is commencing immediately and will last 38-months. Plant start up is scheduled for July 2010.


The scope of the contract includes engineering design from Aker Kvaerner’s Stockton and Warrington offices, as well as the manufacture, construction and site commissioning. There will also be safety case work for a facility that will carry out the safe retrieval and cementatious encapsulation of the wet ILW wastes.

Dave Ley, president of Aker Kvaerner Engineering Services, said, ‘Aker Kvaerner has applied extensive design, engineering and practical experience in the handling of Magnox sludges and effluents, and has been able to offer a unique and robust retrieval and encapsulation solution for the Hunterston A wet wastes.’


This year to date, Aker Kvaerner and its joint venture partnerships have secured over £50m of nuclear services work. This includes recent retrievals and export contract awards at Sellafield.