Splitting the atomic business

The future of BNFL’s nuclear clean-up and research arms were outlined today by the government, as it approved plans to break up and sell off British Nuclear Group.


The future of BNFL’s nuclear clean-up and research arms were outlined today by the government, as it approved plans to break up and sell off British Nuclear Group and establish a new National Nuclear Laboratory.



Accepting the joint recommendation of the boards of BNFL and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, ministers have agreed that, in order to safeguard the interests of the taxpayer and ensure the best solution for the company, its workers and the market in nuclear clean-up, BNG should be split up before being sold off.



Ministers have also announced the intention to establish a new National Nuclear Laboratory, to be formed out of the British Technology Centre at Sellafield and Nexia Solutions, the research company currently owned by BNFL. According to a statement, the laboratory will play a central part in safeguarding the necessary skills for the UK‘s civil nuclear industry.



‘We have looked at how to best safeguard the UK’s key nuclear R&D skills and capabilities to ensure that our future requirements are met,’ said Secretary of State for Trade and Industry Alistair Darling.



‘The National Nuclear Laboratory will play a key role in supporting the UK’s R&D requirements, and operate world-class facilities. As the market for the provision for R&D skills develops, the NNL will ensure key skills are safeguarded and enhanced.’