Britain's law firm DLA Piper has won a contract worth 2.472 million euros, including VAT, to advise Lithuania's shut-down Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (INPP), which is carrying out multi-billion-litas decommissioning projects.
Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant
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Under the contract, which is yet to be signed, the INPP will purchase up to 7,800 hours of legal services from the British law firm over the course of almost three years, according the official bulletin Valstybės Žinios.

DLA Piper outbid Eversheds, another UK firm, which submitted a 2.719-million-euro offer. Other bids were rejected.

The winning bidder will oversee that contractors in the plant's two key projects, including an interim spent nuclear fuel storage facility, known as B1, and a solid radioactive waste storage complex, known as B2/3/4, properly implement their contracts.

Taylor Wessing defended the INPP's interests under the plant's contracts with the Russian-owned German company Nukem for three years until August 2013 and was paid 23.3 million litas (EUR 6.75m). The total preliminary value of the INPP's contracts with the UK law firm was 27.3 million litas.

Under a recently-approved plan, the Ignalina plant is to be fully decommissioned by 2038. Started in 2004, the closure process is estimated to cost around 2.6 billion euros.

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