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Nuclear Decommissioning

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 17th March 2006.

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Photo of Alistair Carmichael Alistair Carmichael Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the decommissioning costs of each nuclear power plant in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Malcolm Wicks Malcolm Wicks Minister for energy, Department of Trade and Industry

holding answer 9 March 2006

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) assumed responsibility for the decommissioning and clean up of the UK's civil nuclear legacy on 1 April 2005. There are three sites in Scotland for which the NDA have responsibility: Chapelcross, Dounreay, and Hunterston A. Dounreay, however, was established as a research reactor site with fuel treatment facilities and not for electricity power generation. The total estimated decommissioning cost in respect of each power plant site is given in the NDA's draft Strategy as follows:

£ billion
Chapelcross 1.663
Hunterston A 1.214
Dounreay 2.908

The draft Strategy is available through the NDA web site at: www.nda.gov.uk

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