Announcement on National Nuclear Laboratory

As part of the wider announcement on the Nuclear Industrial Strategy, and following a strategic review, the Government intends to make some changes to the role and organisation of the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL).

As part of the wider announcement on the Nuclear Industrial Strategy, and following a strategic review, the government intends to make some changes to the role and organisation of the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) to help position it to support ongoing and future Government priorities. In deciding on the new arrangements, the government has given particular regard to the recommendations of the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology on Nuclear R&D and the work of the Nuclear R&D Advisory Board chaired by Sir John Beddington.

The main points are:

  • The NNL’s mission will be re-stated with particular emphasis on supporting UK national programmes across the civil nuclear sector, especially decommissioning.
  • Current contractual arrangements for running the NNL will continue for now but will not be replaced when they come to an end (due April 2014).
  • Thereafter the NNL will retain its company structure under the ownership of DECC and leadership of its Board, and will continue to provide a wide range of high quality services to public and private sector customers.
  • Over the coming months the NNL will be seeking strategic partners to help it to deliver its amended mission statement and objectives from 2014 onwards.

The National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) is a private limited company wholly owned by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) through a holding company, NNL Holdings Ltd.  NNL plays a key role in the UK and global nuclear industry, competing for research and technical services contracts in a range of specialist areas covering waste management and decommissioning, fuel cycles and reactor operations support.  Its key customers include Sellafield (Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA)), EdF, Westinghouse, and the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

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