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.
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.
Warhead assembly/disassembly – Mensa
Uranium components – Pegasus
Requirement under consideration
Table 2 – Planned projects not yet approved.
Salts Processing - Octans
Initiator system manufacture-Taurus
Large Scale formulations-Scorpius
Depleted Uranium Facility
Assembly for Trials-Columba
High Explosive Climatic Trials
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.