Amec says Sellafield nuclear decommissioning contract extended

Reuters

LONDON, Oct 4 (Reuters) - British engineer Amec said a contract to decommission the Sellafield nuclear site inthe UK, which it shares with two other firms, had been extendedfor another five years by the government.

The project, which has been plagued by cost over-runs anddelays, has attracted criticism from local MPs amid calls itshould be returned to the government.

A consortium of Amec, French firm Areva and U.S.engineer URS runs the project.

Amec did not reveal the value of the contract, but thecompany's chief executive Samir Brikho told Reuters in aninterview last month that the extension would be less lucrativethan the previous period.

The Sellafield contract would contribute around 6 millionpounds to Amec's revenues next year, he said at the time.

"Sellafield is one of the world's most complex andchallenging nuclear sites," Clive White, president of Amec'sEuropean Clean Energy Business, said in the statement on Friday.

He added much had been learned in the past five years, butthere were "areas for improvement."

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