£9 Billion on a useless technology

A contract in which one party pays another £9 billion is by any accounts a big contract to land and it is also a big contract to lose. Nuclear Management Partners has lost a £9bn contract to clean up the nuclear waste site at Sellafield because, it seems, of overcharging and time delays. There was six years left on the contract when the government of the United Kingdom cancelled it.

Dealing with nuclear waste is the biggest issue in the nuclear energy problem, followed closely by the safety of nuclear power plants. It does not bode well that a contract for processing nuclear waste so as to render the waste less dangerous cannot be fulfilled satisfactorily notwithstanding the billions of pounds that the contract commands.

In October this year wind generated 14.2% of the United Kingdom’s electricity but nuclear generated 13.4%, because of faults in nuclear power stations that caused them to cease generating while the faults were being fixed. Some commentators are fond of calling wind turbines “useless” but they have a use and of course there is no nuclear waste issue to deal with or decommissioning costs of billions of pounds, so perhaps the epithet “useless” has been applied to the wrong technology.

3 Responses

  1. To power this use.

    • How much did this system actually cost and who funded it.

  2. And they have just been given planning permission for three new reactors to be built there, in the next 15-20 years.

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