2013 Report details for project: Geological Disposal Facility Programme (GDF)

Project name: Geological Disposal Facility Programme (GDF) - there are 7 reports for this project: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
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Organisation: DECC (D11) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2013 (data is from Sept 2012)
Category: Infrastructure - see all reports for this category
Description: The 2008 Managing Radioactive Waste Safely (MRWS) White Paper confirmed geological disposal as Government policy for the safe and secure long-term management of higher-level radioactive waste - both legacy wastes and wastes produced from potential new nuclear power stations. The Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) programme is designed to implement that policy. Key parts of the programme include gaining community agreement to investigating the potential for hosting a GDF; completing site identification and assessments; securing legal and regulatory approvals and underground construction and testing to achieve the first waste emplacement by 2040. For more information, see: https://www.gov.uk/managing-radioactive-waste-safely-a-guide-for-communities
DCA (RAG): Unknown
DCA text: TBC - pending consultation
Start date: 2011-06-30
End date: 2040-12-31
Schedule text: The programme commenced following publication of the Managing Radioactive Waste Safely (MRWS) White Paper in June 2008. Under original plans, first waste deposited on site was expected by 2040. However, on 30 January 2013, three local councils in west Cumbria (the only communities engaged at that time in the MRWS process) voted on further participation in the siting process for a GDF. In the absence of a positive vote at both Borough and County level - an agreed pre-requisite for the process to continue in west Cumbria - the process in west Cumbria has been brought to a close. The department is learning lessons from the experience in west Cumbria and has launched a 'Call for Evidence' which will inform a public consultation later in the year. Should changes to the siting process be made following consultation, the GDF programme will be re-baselined and planning assumptions will be reviewed.
Baseline: £22.00m
Forecast: £22.20m
Variance: 0.91%
Variance text: 12/13 budget represents cost of managing the programme, community engagement and preparatory studies. This includes some £20m of NDA expenditure through the NDA Radioactive Waste Management Directorate (RWMD).
Whole Life Cost: £11,626.20m
WLCost text: Whole life cost figures represent the estimated undiscounted cost of designing, constructing and operating the GDF out to 2130. The undiscounted cost of designing and constructing the first stages of a GDF (to first emplacement of waste in 2040) is estimated to be £4bn.
Sourcefile: DECC_2013.csv

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