Oct 11, 2017

Nuclear clean-up 'failures' cost £122m

A catalogue of errors in awarding a contract to clean up 12 UK nuclear sites ended up costing the taxpayer £122m, official auditors have found. Following a High Court ruling in their favour in 2016, the Energy Secretary, Greg Clark, announced in March this year that the contract would end in August 2019, instead of running until 2028.Which nuclear plants are being decommissioned?England. The NDA agreed to pay Energy Solutions and Bechtel £97.3m to settle their legal claims, while it spent £13.8m on its own legal case and £10.8m on in-house staff time. "The NDA's fundamental failures in the Magnox contract procurement raise serious questions about its understanding of procurement regulations; its ability to manage large, complex procurements; and why the errors detected by the High Court judgement were not identified earlier," said Amyas Morse, head of the National Audit Office. Meg Hillier, who chairs the public accounts committee in the Commons, said the NDA had broken "Basic rules of public procurement".

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