In the autumn of 2006, the UK government declared its expectation to set up a National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) as soon as possible (subject to satisfactory contractual terms). The aim would be to base the Laboratory around Nexia Solutions and its ‘state of the art’ facility at Sellafield in Cumbria. The initial phase of the work to recommend formation of the laboratory is well advanced, and the NNL is expected to have a remit for the following roles:
— to play a key role in supporting the UK's strategic R&D requirements
— to operate world-class facilities
— to ensure key skills are safeguarded and enhanced
— to play a key role in the development of the UK's R&D supply base.