Sellafield has awarded a contract valued at around £50 million for the storage of nuclear waste.
Engineering firm Metalcraft will build stainless steel storage containers that will be used to store Sellafield’s historic nuclear waste in Cumbria.
Sellafield is the the company responsible for delivering the decommissioning of the UK’s nuclear power plants.
Phase one of the project include the development of a production facility to make the containers, which is expected to take between two to three years and will be worth up to £8 million.
During the potential second phase, the site will provide more than 1,000 containers.
Paul Foster, Sellafield Managing Director said: “This announcement demonstrates our total commitment to ensuring value for money for the UK taxpayer and securing a package of benefits to the communities in which we operate, from the annual £1.95bn annual expenditure on Sellafield.”