NEWS: Fishburn Hedges is hot favourite to win Magnox

Fishburn Hedges is tipped to clinch an estimated pounds 100,000 fee contract to handle public affairs for Magnox Electricity.

Fishburn Hedges is tipped to clinch an estimated pounds 100,000 fee

contract to handle public affairs for Magnox Electricity.



Previously part of generating giant Nuclear Electric, Magnox Electricity

was hived off as a separate company at the beginning of this month. It

now owns eight Magnox reactors in England and Wales, formerly belonging

to Nuclear Electric, as well as Scottish Nuclear’s Hunterston A reactor

in Ayrshire.



The remaining gas-cooled and pressurised water reactors owned by Nuclear

Electric and Scottish Nuclear are due to be privatised in July under a

new holding company British Energy. Magnox Electricity will remain in

the public sector and eventually merge with British Nuclear Fuels, the

state-owned nuclear reprocessing company.



Last month Magnox Electricity called on eight agencies to pitch for a

public affairs account (PR Week 15 March).



Industry sources say that Fishburn Hedges will be formally hired by the

company following a final meeting with the Magnox Electricity board on

Monday.



Chief press officer Mish Tuller confirmed that an agency of choice had

been identified but declined to name it.



The brief is likely to focus on issues including the merger with BNFL,

the safety of Magnox reactors, the allocation of decommissioning costs

and the Labour Party’s opposition to nuclear power privatisation.



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