2014 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: 2014 (data is from Sept 2013)
Category: Infrastructure - see all reports for this category
Description: To deliver a solution for the safe and secure long-term disposal of higher activity radioactive waste for legacy and future nuclear waste. The 2008 Managing Radioactive Waste Safely (MRWS) White Paper set out geological disposal as Government's favoured policy solution. 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 around 2040. Voting by local authorities in west Cumbria on 30 January 2013, on whether to participate further in the siting process for a GDF, did not result in the positive vote at both Borough and County levels required for the process to continue in west Cumbria. Therefore, the current MRWS process has been brought to a close there. DECC Ministers have agreed that the department will conduct a review of the MRWS siting process, including lessons learnt from how the MRWS process operated in west Cumbria. Following the review, when any changes required to the siting process are agreed, the GDF programme will be re-baselined and planning assumptions will be reviewed. The information presented in this return in respect of the new siting programme - particularly the milestones - is indicative and therefore subject to revision and confirmation. The GDF programme is a key dependency for the new nuclear programme, due to the need for Government to be satisfied that effective arrangements will exist to manage waste from new nuclear reactors. While not a key dependency for the Plutonium Management programme, options for future management of plutonium are dependent on the availability of a GDF to provide a final disposal solution.
DCA (RAG): Amber
DCA text: The Amber RAG rating reflects the early stages of a long-term project that involves working in partnership with communities. In January 2013 the siting process in west Cumbria came to a close. Since then DECC has been developing a revised siting process, including a lessons learned exercise from the previous process, a Call for Evidence and subsequent public consultation. The revised siting process will be set out by Government in a revised White Paper later this year.
Start date: 2008-06-30
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 is engaged in developing a new siting process including a public consultation which ran between 12 October - 5 December 2013. The Department has published the responses along with a summary which highlighted key themes. Launch of White Paper on a new siting process is expected later in 2014.
Baseline: £24.00m
Forecast: £23.74m
Variance: -1.08%
Variance text: Not applicable as within stated tolerance
Whole Life Cost: £11,626.40m
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.
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Sourcefile: IPA_2014.csv

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