NEWS: Magnox operator on the hunt for PR adviser

The company formed to take charge of the parts of the nuclear generating industry left behind after privatisation is looking for a public affairs consultancy.

The company formed to take charge of the parts of the nuclear generating

industry left behind after privatisation is looking for a public affairs

consultancy.



Magnox Electricity has shortlisted: Shandwick Consultants, Burson-

Marsteller, Beaumark, Rowland Sallingbury Casey, Charles Barker,

Fishburn Hedges and GPC Connect.



Formed from the remains of its larger sister-company Nuclear Electric,

Magnox Electricity wants its own public affairs adviser when the two

companies separate formally on April 1. Until now it has been able to

call on the services of NE’s retained agency Hill and Knowlton.



Headquartered at Berkley in Gloucester, ME will inherit Nuclear

Electric’s six operating Magnox nuclear reactors in England and Wales,

together with Scottish Nuclear’s Hunterston A site.



This leaves the more modern advanced gas-cooled and pressurised water

reactors owned by Nuclear Electric and Scottish Nuclear to be privatised

under a new holding company British Energy.



ME government relations manager Peter Heffer confirmed the company, due

to merge with BNFL, was looking at the 18 months which lay ahead of any

merger and wanted an agency to help it ‘establish itself as a company in

its own right’.



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