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Sellafield land sale agreed
28 October 2009
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is pleased to announce that today, following a period of market engagement and negotiation with interested parties, it has sold an area of land comprising 190 ha (470 acres) lying to the north of the existing site at Sellafield in Cumbria for a value of at least £70 million. The winning consortium comprises Iberdrola S.A, GdF Suez S.A and Scottish and Southern Energy plc.
The sale will result in an upfront payment of £19.5 million for the NDA, followed by a further payment of at least £50.5 million in the next six years. The sale represents further continuation of the NDA's programme of asset disposals, all raising funds which the NDA can put towards its core mission of decommissioning the UK's fleet of existing nuclear power stations.
The consortium will now progress with detailed site investigations to determine the exact location for its proposed nuclear development and then apply for the necessary planning and licensing permissions. Land surplus to requirements will be returned to the NDA.
John Clarke, NDA Commercial Director said:
"The sale of this land is a significant milestone in our asset disposal programme and follows on from the successful sale of land at three of our sites earlier this year. The £450 million generated from these sales will be utilised to support the NDA's clean-up mission and is good news for the UK taxpayer."