2019 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: 2019 (data is from Sept 2018)
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 ie we have a designated site and a site specific rather than a generic design.
DCA (RAG): Amber
DCA text: The Programme has improved its Amber-Red rating in 2017/18 to Amber in 2018/19 reflecting the good progress made over the past year. The launch of the siting process on 19 December 2018 was an important milestone but this is a long term programme and significant risks still remain, not least the securing of a willing local community to host the GDF.
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: £40.27m
Forecast: £37.40m
Variance: -7.00%
Variance text: The small in-year forecast underspend reflects a short delay to the timing of the launch of the siting process which took place in December 2018.
Whole Life Cost: £12,343.96m
WLCost text: The 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 relates to a GDF for legacy waste and waste arising from the existing fleet of nuclear reactors. It does not include any provision for waste disposal from a new nuclear build programme, as this will be funded by new nuclear operators. In line with other Government programmes at an early stage of development, the estimate does not include any allowance for risk, uncertainty or optimism bias. The increase in costs since last year is primarily down to inflation and revised assumptions during the siting and construction phases. All figures are provided in real rather than nominal values due to the long timescales associated with this programme.
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