UK plans new nuclear research group

31 October 2006

A new National Nuclear Laboratory for the UK is to be formed out of the British Technology Centre at Sellafield in Cumbria and Nexia Solutions, the research company currently owned by BNFL.

The decision, announced by UK trade and industry minister Alistair Darling, aims to secure a skills base for the country’s civil nuclear industry.

“The National Nuclear Laboratory will play a key role in supporting the UK’s R&D requirements, and operate world-class facilities. As the market for the provision for R&D skills develops, the NNL will ensure key skills are safeguarded and enhanced,” said Darling.

The National Nuclear Laboratory will be set up “as soon as practicable.”

Nexia Solutions expressed delighted at the announcement with managing director Peter Bleasdale saying: “The intention by government to create a National Nuclear Laboratory will help to safeguard the country's nuclear skills and capability.”

Nexia Solutions was established as a wholly owned subsidiary of BNFL in April 2005.

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