Moorside nuclear power station plans 'unchanged' by Brexit

Artist's impression of what Moorside could look like
Artist's impression of what Moorside could look like

Brexit will NOT derail multi-billion pound plans for a new nuclear power station in west Cumbria.

That’s the pledge from NuGen, the consortium behind the three-reactor Moorside plant.

They say the proposals, for land next to Sellafield are continuing following the EU referendum result.

Copeland MP Jamie Reed was among those who said during the referendum debate that leaving would “increase the risks” to the landmark scheme, claiming that the countries financing the deal were urging the UK to remain in the EU.

It’s a project that will not just involve the power plant’s construction but trigger massive investment in roads, homes, healthcare and education – as well as creating thousands of jobs.

But a NuGen spokesman said: “The Moorside project continues to progress without change.

“NuGen’s shareholders, Toshiba and ENGIE, remain committed to taking forward Moorside to produce and sell power to the UK grid.

“We firmly believe the case for new nuclear power stations for the UK is compelling and unchanged as a result of the referendum.

“New nuclear power stations are vital for the UK’s future prosperity, delivering low-carbon, secure and stably-priced electricity for generations to come, while securing our future indigenous energy supplies on UK soil.”

NuGen wants to provide power to the UK grid by the mid-2020s.

But the spokesman added: “In order to deliver our station on time and on budget, we must secure clarity on policy and ensure the Government does everything it can to deliver investment stability for vital UK infrastructure projects.”

Prior to the referendum, Mr Reed said: “The United States is pleading with us to stay in the EU, the Japanese are pleading with us to stay, and France is pleading with us to stay.

“NuGen is a consortium of American, Japanese and French companies.

“I urge my constituents to ‘do the math’.

“Brexit would undoubtedly increase the risks to the project.”

NuGen is consulting with the public over its plans that include the plant itself plus associated transport and accommodation projects.

The consortium hopes to get the final go ahead in 2018. Construction is due to start in 2020 with all three reactors on stream by 2026.

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