From next April, the new operation will face competition for this work following the creation of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
(NDA) - a Government body to oversee the clean-up of nuclear sites in the UK.
Mr Morgan replied in the Senedd that enormous efforts had been made to get the company and nuclear decommissioning authority
"around the table" to find a solution to the energy supply problems.
Sellafield's new owner, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
, wants Thorp to re-open, but campaigners Cumbrians Opposed to a Radioactive Environment are urging that it be shut.
The 50:50 joint venture will have a long-term focus on seeking to secure sites being sold by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
and taking them through the consents process to building and operating new nuclear power stations.
Staff at the site operated by Magnox North on behalf of the site's owner, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
, completed work to empty underground vaults containing "miscellaneous activated components" (MAC).
"Any new business for Thorp will depend upon the wishes of our customers, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
which will assume ownership of the site in 2005 and ultimately the sanction of Government."
But following the agreed takeover of British Energy a conditional deal has been reached with the Government to market its land at Wylfa in a joint sale with plant owners, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
said several groups had been in touch with it about the land, which lies outside the fence of the existing plant and which is presently leased for farming.