With possible extensions up to 17 years in total, the work programme covers the Sellafield, Calder Hall, Windscale and Capenhurst sites, which will all form part of the SLC. Current values for the work programme of Sellafield are more than £1billion ($2 billion) per year between 2008 and 2012, declining to around £600 million ($1.2 billion) per year by 2025.

The bidders are;

• CH2M HILL International Nuclear Services

• Energy Solutions EU

• Fluor Limited in partnership with Toshiba

• Jacobs Engineering Group

• SBB Nuclear, consisting of Serco Holdings, Bechtel, and BWXT Nuclear

• Washington Group, AMEC and Areva

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