| April 29
April 29 EnergySolutions said it was taking
Britain's Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) to court after
losing out on a $12 billion contract to decommission the
country's oldest nuclear sites.
EnergySolutions, the incumbent manager of 10 nuclear sites,
told Reuters it had filed the lawsuit in a British High Court.
The company had asked the NDA earlier this month to explain
why it had awarded Texas-based Fluor and engineering company
Babcock preferred bidder status for what is one of
Britain's largest-ever government outsourcing contracts.
An NDA spokeswoman said the competition process had been
carried out in "a robust manner" in compliance with European
Union guidelines, adding that the contract was set to deliver
savings in excess of 1 billion pounds ($1.68 billion) against
EnergySolutions' previous plan.
EnergySolutions had teamed up with U.S. engineer Bechtel to
make the bid that was rejected at the end of March.
A spokesman for Bechtel said the company had not joined
EnergySolutions in its legal challenge.
A second consortium made up of Serco, Areva
and CH2M Hill, and a third consisting of Amec
, Atkins and Rolls-Royce, also lost out.
Sources told Reuters this month that at least two of the
consortia had sent letters to the government requesting
clarification on how it had picked the winning bidder, with the
third reviewing its options.
($1 = 0.5950 British pounds)
(Reporting by Richa Naidu in Bangalore and Brenda Goh in
London; Editing by Dan Grebler and Ken Wills)