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Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 23rd December 2015.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 2 July 2014, Official Report, column 676W on AWE, what his most recent estimate is of the (a) anticipated out-turn cost and (b) projected in-service date of each of the new build projects in the Atomic Weapons Establishment Site Development Context Plan.

Photo of Michael Fallon Michael Fallon The Secretary of State for Defence

The approved costs and in-service dates of the current new build projects at the Atomic Weapons Establishment, are shown below.

In-service dates are shown in bandings to avoid prejudice to national security and defence. No costs are attributed to projects detailed in Table 2 as these have yet to be formally approved.

Table 1 - Approved new-build projects

Ongoing projects

Function

In-Service Period

Approved cost £million

Warhead assembly/disassembly – Mensa

Manufacturing/production

2016-20

734

Uranium components – Pegasus

Manufacturing/production

2016-20

634

Table 2 – Planned projects not yet approved

Ongoing projects

Function

In-Service Period

Salts Processing - Octans

Testing/research

2020-25

Initiator system manufacture-Taurus

Manufacturing/production

2020-25

Large Scale formulations-Scorpius

Manufacturing/production

2025-30

Small Scale formulations-Cepheus

Manufacturing/production

2025-30

New Plutonium (Pu) Facility – not yet named

Manufacturing/production

2025-30

New depleted Uranium Facility

Manufacturing/production

2025-30

Assembly for Trials-Columba

Testing/research

2025-30

High Explosive Climatic Trials

Testing/research

2025-30

Non-Metallics & materials R&D-Libra

Testing/research

2025-30

Chemical processing-Astra

Manufacturing/production

2025-30

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