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