Lithuania's shut-down Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (INPP), which is carrying out multi-million-euro decommissioning projects, will have to re-evaluate the British law firm DLA Piper's bid for a legal services contract, the Public Procurement Office said.
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The office on Tuesday told the INPP to annul the tender commission's decision of last October to name DLA Piper the winning bidder and to re-evaluate its proposal.

In the office's opinion, the Ignalina plant did not look into whether DLA Piper had links with Russia's gas giant Gazprom, whether the protection of the public interest would be ensured and whether information of strategic importance would not be leaked to third parties with interests against the INPP and Lithuania.

The media have reported earlier that DLA Piper has helped Gazprom to win arbitration disputes.

The winning bidder will oversee that contractors in the Ignalina plant's two key projects -- 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.

The value of B1 is estimated at almost 193.5 million euros and that of B2/3/4, at around 184 million euros. A 17.9-million-euro risk reserve has also been earmarked. The Russian-owned German company Nukem Technologies is the contractor of the former project and a consortium of Nukem and Germany's GNS is the contractor of the latter project.

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