Views sought on NDA Business Plan

Stakeholder views are invited on the NDA’s draft Business Plan 2013-2016 which is published today for consultation. The consultation runs from 10 December until 1 February.

Draft Business Plan 2013-2016 (200Kb)

The document, which reflects the Strategy published in 2011, sets out key objectives and the progress the NDA expects to be made across all its sites during the next three years, in line with the funding allocated by the Department of Energy and Climate change (DECC).

The 20-year overview introduced in last year’s plan has been updated with a link to key targets in the SLC sections. Meanwhile, in response to last year’s consultation, an overview is included of how the NDA’s plans are used to measure performance across the estate.

John Clarke, NDA Chief Executive, said:

“When I took over in April 2012 I announced that my vision for the organisation is to keep our attention firmly on our highest priority, Sellafield. We do this by acting safely and securely whilst ensuring we make demonstrable steps forwards on the high hazard facilities, balancing this with the need to make real progress across the rest of the estate. Although Sellafield takes half of our budget, other sites and facilities are no less important but perhaps slightly less urgent.”

The total planned expenditure for 2013/2014 is £3.2 billion, of which £2.3 billion will be funded by UK Government and £0.9 billion by income from commercial operations. Planned expenditure on site programmes will be £3 billion, with £1.6 billion of this targeted at Sellafield, while non-site expenditure is expected to be £0.2 billion. This non-site expenditure includes skills development, socio-economic, Research & Development (R&D) and insurance.

John Clarke added:

“the nature of the NDA’s commercial activities means that it has to manage a significant degree of income volatility, largely due to operations relying on ageing assets and infrastructure, for example Wylfa is over 40 years old. Furthermore, this income declines in future years as plants close and enter decommissioning.”

“Our objective is to maximise revenue from our existing assets and operations to help fund decommissioning and clean-up, thereby reducing the burden on the UK taxpayer. To achieve this we will include optimised income from electricity generation, leasing property, selling land and other assets in response to market interest.”

“Within affordability constraints, we will seek to maintain progress and maximise value for money by focusing on the highest hazards and risks, whilst ensuring that safe, secure and environmentally responsible site operations are maintained across our estate.”

Among the key tasks for the coming year will be to review the Sellafield contract which enters the final year of the first term in 2013/14, and to continue with the Magnox and RSRL competition process following its launch in the summer.

As the body responsible for implementing geological disposal for higher activity wastes in accordance with Government policy, we will be progressing the plan for our Radioactive Waste Management Directorate (RWMD) to become a separate legal entity that can apply for and hold the regulatory authorisation needed to develop the facility.

Across the estate, we are also targeting a 25% reduction in support and overhead costs in order to release revenues for decommissioning.

The NDA will be consider all responses to the before finalising the Business Plan, which, subject to approve by both the UK and Scottish Governments, will be published by the end of March 2013.