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Energy Act 2004

Option for the Secretary of State to acquire BE’s shares in Nirex

35.As part of the restructuring documentation British Energy will grant an option for the Secretary of State to acquire British Energy's shares in Nirex. Nirex is a company formed jointly by British Energy, BNFL and UKAEA to manage the UK’s intermediate level radioactive waste. If he exercises the option, the Secretary of State will acquire the company’s shares in Nirex, its rights and benefits under loans made by the company to Nirex and British Energy’s liabilities, as a Nirex shareholder, under its research and advisory contracts with Nirex.

36.This section again gives the Secretary of State specific statutory authority to incur expenditure in connection with the acquisition of any securities in Nirex or in consequence of such an acquisition.

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