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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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Big step forward for new nuclear reactors in west Cumbria

Plans to build new nuclear reactors in west Cumbria have taken a big step forward after Toshiba Corporation agreed in principle to buy a huge stake in the project.

The Japanese firm is to take a 60 per cent share in the NuGeneration Limited (NuGen) Moorside project near Sellafield, says Westinghouse Electric Company.

It intends to progress the new-build project in partnership with GDF SUEZ.

The agreement means three Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear reactors, with a combined capacity of 3.4GW, will be built on the site.

The first is expected to be online in 2024.

When fully operational, the Moorside site is expected to deliver about seven per cent of the UK's electricity requirements.

Westinghouse says the project will create thousands of skilled jobs over the next decade and significantly boost the local, regional and national economies.

Westinghouse Springfields, a fuel manufacturing facility near Preston, will make the fuel for the reactors.

“This is another example of the strong commitment of Toshiba and Westinghouse to serve the global nuclear energy industry and enable countries and regions of the world to achieve their carbon-reduction goals," said Westinghouse president and chief executive Danny Roderick.

"We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with the owners of NuGen, as well as nuclear suppliers in Cumbria and throughout the United Kingdom.”

Westinghouse Electric Company is a group company of Toshiba Corporation, a leading supplier of nuclear plant products and technologies to utilities across the world.

Copeland MP Jamie Reed tonight tweeted that Toshiba's decision was superb news.

Have your say

@ Marianne (of no hidden agenda?)
Tell me your joking, "not enough water in Cumbria."
Last time I looked out of my window there was approx Kilolitre x 2800 of water in the Irish sea. I think that is plenty enough water not with standing the links to the Atlantic Ocean etc.
The scare tactics of various groups and individuals in these posts are just that. The Fukushima disaster was a combination of natural events of which only one is slightly possible at Selafield and the other impossible not enough water in the Irish sea and Ireland blocking any tsunami to their west coast.
Chernobyl started as the result of an experiment scheduled to test a potential safety emergency core cooling feature which went drastically wrong. Protection of sites is always taken into account. A magnitude 4.9(Mw) being the highest in Cumbria/Cumberland ( a magnitude 9.0 (Mw) Fukushima)a huge difference.
Nuclear power is one of the safest forms of energy available, the high cost of build eventually results in low cost electricity.
Google fly ash and check out the health and safety issues there, fly ash is even used in bricks in lots of houses.
Fossil fueled power stations are major emitters of CO2, a greenhouse gas (GHG) which according to a consensus opinion of scientific organisations is a contributor to global warming as it has been observed over the last 100 years. Brown coal emits about 3 times as much CO2 as natural gas, and black coal emits about twice as much CO2 per unit of electric energy. (wiki)
France has had very cheap electricity since the 70s due to nuclear power, mean while we have quite high prices.

Posted by edd on 29 January 2014 at 11:03

It's a complete shame that the powers that be have decided to go down this route in selecting this type of reactor. Far better that they had opted to use the liquid fluoride thorium reactor as it's far and away more environmentally friendly than this version of the reactor from 3 Mile Island.
Once again, we will see huge amounts of highly radioactive isotopes being stored in ponds, with all the problems that has created over the years with existing spent fuels.
It seems as though we have learned no lessons from history at all and continue to go down the road of making weapons grade materials in our nuclear power plants, even though a more abundant and safer fuel is readily available.
Read, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liquid_fluoride_thorium_reactor
When will we get out of this mindset of making weapons and start doing something cheaper, safer and more peaceful?
My thanks to all concerned in making this daft decision, in leaving a legacy for the many generations to come.

Posted by Pete M on 27 January 2014 at 19:58

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