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Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 6th December 2018.

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Photo of Anneliese Dodds Anneliese Dodds Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 15 December 2015 to Question 20228 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 Stuart Andrew Stuart Andrew Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The tables below show the approved costs and in-service dates of the new build projects listed in the Atomic Weapons Establishment Site Development Context Plan (SDCP).

In-service dates are shown in bandings to avoid prejudice to national security and defence. Costs for planned projects are subject to approval.

Table 1 – Approved new build projects.

Ongoing projects

Function

In-Service Period

Approved cost

Warhead assembly/disassembly – Mensa

Manufacturing/ production

2023

£1.8 billion

Uranium components – Pegasus

Manufacturing/ production

Requirement under consideration

£634 million

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

2025-30

Large Scale formulations-Scorpius

Manufacturing/production

2030-40

Depleted Uranium Facility

Manufacturing/production

2020-25

Assembly for Trials-Columba

Testing/research

2030-35

High Explosive Climatic Trials

Testing/research

2030-35

Four of the projects previously listed are no longer included, as it is now planned to use the existing facilities. These are Small Scale Formulations (Cepheus), New Plutonium Facility, Non-Metallics and Materials (Libra) and Chemical Processing (Astra).

Planned new build projects now also include the Hub, a testing/research facility to be brought into service over the period 2020 – 2025.

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