House of Lords written question – answered on 25th February 2014.

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Photo of Baroness Howarth of Breckland Baroness Howarth of Breckland Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to use the international benchmark to identify best practice and wider commercial expertise that will augment the current Sellafield consortium's capability and capacity to secure Sellafield nuclear decommissioning objectives.

Photo of Baroness Verma Baroness Verma The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Nuclear Management Partners (NMP) and Sellafield Ltd employ a wide range of benchmarking processes, both internally through the international breadth of experience offered by the parent companies (URS, Amec and Areva) and through UK and international independent bodies. Since NMP took over management of the site, Sellafield Ltd has become a member of both WANO (World Association of Nuclear Operators) and INPO (Institute of Nuclear Power Operators), both of which provide extensive benchmarking.

While benchmarking is employed wherever possible, the unique challenges and complexity at Sellafield mean that some of the projects require technology and engineering that is the first of its kind.

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