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It was split into three departments in 1971, becoming principally a research organisation, and was split again in 1991 to allow its commercial side to flourish, while the UKAEA dealt mostly with decommissioning issues.
The United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority stated that it has agreed to sell 100 percent of its UKAEA Limited, a commercial unit, to Babcock International Group ( Babcock) ( LSE: BAB), a company the provides support services to United Kingdom armed forces and other non-military customers.
To that end, the company commissioned a research programme at the UKAEA Harwell laboratory to determine just what was happening and how performance might vary with different water chemistries.
Customers were the ICI industries North-east and Scotland, the universities at Newcastle, Durham, Edinburgh and various, all across the North-east and Scotland, factories, labs, UKAEA Cumbria to Inverness.
He said: 'The UKAEA tell me they believe such work was carried out possibly at other UKAEA sites, potentially involving work related to individuals who had not been employed at nuclear sites.
Established in 1954, UKAEA initially lead the development of civil nuclear energy in the UK.
We essentially see them as a second pair of eyes," said Dik Third, (NOTE: SPELLING IS CORRECT NO 'C' IN DIK) nuclear materials adviser to UKAEA.
The purpose of this project is to help us understand if and how the use of helium resources can be sustained so that present consumption doesn't leave us short in the future," said Richard Clarke of nuclear research organisation UKAEA, which is jointly funding the programme with industrial gas company BOC.
The UKAEA is changing from being a government-commissioned authority to one that will operate in a competitive environment to decommission nuclear sites around the country.
The UKAEA provides customers around the world with technical consultancy services.
The UKAEA, which has been involved in running and cleaning a number of nuclear research sites for more than 50 years said the new alliance marked the start of competition to decommission nuclear power stations.
A spokesman for the UKAEA said: ''The work is ongoing.
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