Balfour Beatty has been appointed by Magnox to deliver the £34m Solid Intermediate Level Waste Encapsulation (SILWE) contract at Hunterston. A former power station in North Ayrshire. The project marks the final link in Magnox’s process chain of safely encapsulating and storing intermediate level waste as part of the decommissioning of the nuclear power plant. Balfour Beatty will be responsible for the final design of the encapsulation process and construction of the SILWE plant including the complex mechanical, electrical control and instrumentation required.
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Austria has said that it will use EU law to try to block what it describes as the “scandal” of government plans to build Britain’s first nuclear plant in a generation on the Somerset coast. The Austrian government, which is strongly anti-nuclear, is angry that the European Commission has approved the huge subsidies that the government has promised EDF Energy of France to build the £16 billion reactor at Hinkley Point. Politicians in Vienna are alarmed the Commission backing for such subsidies means that the Czech Republic could offer sweeteners to revive plans to expand its Temelin nuclear plant, 40 miles from the Austrian border.
The Japanese government plans to push for the restart of two nuclear reactors, which are located close to active volcanoes, despite the sudden volcanic eruption in the central part of the country. Following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, the public are highly concerned over the government’s plans to restart the Sendai nuclear plant.
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A deal to build Sellafield’s Box Encapsulation Plant worth up to £336m has going to a joint
venture of Amec, Balfour Beatty and Jacobs. The 4-year reimbursable framework contract, awarded by Sellafield Limited, is valued between £240m and £336m. The Sellafield BEP is designed to treat Magnox reactor waste currently stored at Sellafield by containing it in concrete and preparing it for long term storage.