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NDA Strategy Document
We published our revised Strategy in March 2011.
NDA Strategy - Effective from April 2011 (full colour version) (5Mb)
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Developing Our Strategy
We are the 'strategic mind' responsible for the decommissioning and clean-up of the UK's civil public sector nuclear sites.
Strategy review and development is an ongoing process for the NDA and options for delivering the strategy are evolving continually.
To manage the complex interactions between the different parts of our Strategy we have a Strategy Management System (SMS) which enables us to:
- develop strategy in a controlled fashion through distinct stages allowing us to engage effectively with Government, nuclear regulators, Site Licence Companies (SLCs) and other stakeholders on its development and possible changes in strategic direction
- ensure the strategy is robust and coherent at all times, recognising the numerous interdependencies
- effectively respond to internal and external events that impact our strategy
- ensure compliance with the regulatory framework
- follow HMG Treasury guidance, using a business case approach to build up the underpinning rationale for a strategic decision/option.
Strategy Management System
We provide a Short Guide to our Strategy Management System - see link on left of this page.
The Strategy Management System has three key elements:
1. Strategic Themes and Topic Strategies
In order to bring a clear focus to our mission we have identified six strategic themes under which we group all our activities. The six themes are:
Defines our approach to decommissioning redundant facilities and how we manage contamination in ground and groundwater. Restoration will drive our sites through a series of Interim States to a Site End State, at which point the NDA is able to release the site of other uses.
Defines our approach to managing the diverse range of spent nuclear fuels for which we have responsibility, including Magnox, oxide and exotic spent fuels.
Defines our approach to dealing with the inventory of uranics and plutonium currently stored on some of our sites.
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Considers how we manage all forms of waste arising from operating and decommissioning our sites, including waste retrieved from legacy facilities. It also ties in the wider work of our Radioactive Waste Management Directorate on implementing geological disposal.
Looks at how we maximise our commercial income, using our assets and capabilities to reduce the net cost of decommissioning and clean-up to the taxpayer.
Support the overall delivery of our mission and, in some cases, reflect the supplementary duties assigned to the NDA by the Energy Act (2004). In most cases these are not matters in which we have the lead role, but where we need to take a view and ensure that appropriate action is being taken. Critical Enablers apply across the other strategic themes and enable their delivery.
Site Restoration is our driving strategic theme and all other strategies support or enable its delivery. We can only restore our sites if we manage spent fuels and nuclear materials efficiently, establish effective waste management solutions and secure sufficient income to continue making progress.
Our strategic themes are further divided into individual strategies, known as Topic Strategies, which we develop and maintain to efficiently deliver our mission under the Energy Act (2004).
Topic Strategy documents are developed and owned by NDA subject matter specialists, known as 'Strategic Authorities', and are periodically published on our website.
2. NDA Strategy
We are required under the Energy Act (2004) to review and publish our Strategy at least every 5years. It covers the duration of our mission and summarises the current position and maturity of the Strategic Themes and Topic Strategies at the time of publication. It is a statutory document which we publicly consult on.
It was first published in 2006, and a second revision was recently approved by UK Government and Scottish ministers. Below is the Draft Strategy (publicly consultation Autumn 2010), our latest approved Strategy and the associated SEA Post Adoption Statement.
This is our current, approved Strategy which we published after consultation in 2011:
3. Site Strategic Specifications
In order to translate our Strategy into action and delivery plans, we issue Site Strategic Specification (SSS) to each Site Licence Company (SLC). The content of these is derived from the Topic Strategies and helps to improve the alignment between each site's Lifetime Plan (LTP) and the main NDA Strategy. The specification is owned by the NDA and produced in collaboration with SLCs and relevant Strategic Authorities.
Diagram to illustrate NDA's Strategy Management System