Teesside Power Station operator px has joined forces with Mitsui Babcock to supply energy to the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant.

The partnership between the two energy industry specialists will run operations and maintenance at Fellside Power Station, in Cumbria.

The MBpx consortium will provide power and steam supplies from the 188MW combined heat and power station to the nearby Sellafield site as well as electricity to the National Grid.

Px, which has its headquarters in Stockton, operates Teesside Power Station - the world's largest privately-owned combined cycle gas fired power plant. Mitsui Babcock has a number of contracts across Europe, Asia Pacific and the US.

Tim Underdown, chief executive officer of the px group, said: "We are delighted to have secured this contract and to be working with Mitsui Babcock. This is an important step forward for the company."

Px employs 220 staff at three sites in the region.