2018 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: BEIS (D1198) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2018 (data is from Sept 2017)
Category: Infrastructure - see all reports for this category
Description: The primary objective of the programme is to site and construct a permanent geological disposal facility (GDF) as the safe, secure and environmentally responsible solution to the long-term management of higher-activity radioactive waste in the UK, excluding Scotland. The programme also supports the delivery of the UK's nuclear new build programme because before development consents for new nuclear power stations are granted, the Government needs to be satisfied that effective arrangements exist or will exist to manage and dispose of the wastes they will produce. The programme complies with all public procurement policy obligations including the guidance in Procurement Policy Note 16/15. The developer will be able to provide data once we are in the implementation phase of the programme i.e. we have a designated site and a site specific rather than a generic design.
DCA (RAG): Amber/Red
DCA text: The rating reflects the early stages of a long term programme that involves working in partnership with communities and which has experienced slippage due to a number of external factors. In November 2017 the IPA completed a project assessment review and reported an overall Delivery Confidence Assessment of Amber. Further progress was achieved in January 2018 with the launch of two consultations: the draft Working with Communities policy and the draft National Policy Statement for Geological Disposal Infrastructure.
Start date: 2008-06-30
End date: 2040-12-31
Schedule text: Planning schedules are in line with the ambition to identify a site and construct a GDF by the 2040s and are kept under review by the developer, Radioactive Waste Management Ltd.
Baseline: £32.24m
Forecast: £32.25m
Variance: 0.00%
Variance text: Budget variance less than 5%
Whole Life Cost: £12,131.50m
WLCost text: Whole Life Cost figure represents the estimated cost of designing, constructing and operating the GDF out to the 2130s. Note that the figure reported here only covers costs related to a GDF for legacy waste and waste arising from the existing fleet of nuclear reactors, it does not include any provisions for waste disposal from a new nuclear build programme, as this will be funded by new nuclear operators. The increase in costs since last year is primarily down to inflation and revised assumptions (such as manpower) during the siting and construction phases. All figures are provided in real rather than nominal values due to the long timescales associated with this project.
Sourcefile: IPA_2018.csv

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