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BNFL sells nuclear clean-up unit
Sellafield nuclear power plant in Cumbria
A number of nations are planning to boost nuclear power output
British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL) has sold its US nuclear clean-up unit for 51m ($91m) to Utah-based Energy Solutions.

BNFL, which also plans to sell its US-based nuclear power station construction unit Westinghouse, wants to focus on its UK businesses.

State-owned, loss-making BNFL operates the Sellafield waste reprocessing plant in Cumbria and the UK's remaining older Magnox stations.

Plans to sell off its businesses is proving controversial.

Many critics argue that the company is getting rid of valuable assets just as demand for nuclear power is about to pick up, a development that could make large amounts of money for the firm.


SEE ALSO:
BNFL plans to sell Westinghouse
01 Jul 05 |  Business
BNFL considers $1bn US sell-off
17 Jun 05 |  Business
Nuclear talk powers fresh debate
13 Jun 05 |  Somerset
EC probes 40bn nuclear aid deal
01 Dec 04 |  Cumbria
Fears over 'beached' plutonium
09 Feb 04 |  Cumbria


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