HC Deb 18 June 2004 vol 422 c1155W
Mr. Stephen O'Brien

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she expects Sellafield's new mixed oxide plant to become fully operational. [178760]

Mr. Timms

The Sellafield MOX Plant (SMP) is currently manufacturing Mixed Oxide Fuel (MOX) as part of the final stages of commissioning the plant. Formal consent to operate SMP will be sought from the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (Nil), the regulatory body in late 2005, subject to the plant achieving its manufacturing schedule.