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Sellafield nuclear group denies claim member has quit consortium

The NuGen consortium planning to build a nuclear power plant at Sellafield has scotched press reports that one of its members is pulling out.

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These power plants should have been started years ago....

Government after government are messing about while our energy prices are being totally manipulated.There has to be an energy policy and it should be set in stone so governments cant mess with it.

We are being short changed by our decision makers.No doubt these firms that are pulling out want better returns on investment, IMO we should build run and decommission the plants ourselves and use them to keep the energy prices reasonable.

Rather than let more money be dragged out of the country by foreign investors.

Posted by John on 2 October 2012 at 21:17

Note to Steven and others:the main voice linking new nuclear build with a waste store, as reported in N+S, is Sir David King, Chief Scientific Advisor to UK Gov 2000-2009. King also said "Don't second guess the science . . do the Search" Makes sense.

Posted by Democrat on 2 October 2012 at 20:40

I'm not trying to cause trouble, but a few months ago one company was told that if they got involved in any nuclear build that they would be down graded.... and if we do go ahead with it we will be the only one's building any in the world.

Posted by Clive on 2 October 2012 at 20:36

Our present energy policy is a disgrace, beholden to foreign investors. We should start building and investing in our own energy producing infrastructure. We cannot carry on relying on windfarms to provide our future energy needs. Initiate our own national nuclear power station build now.

Posted by Pat Robertson on 2 October 2012 at 19:40

This coalition, like the Labour government before them, do not seem to have a clue what to do about our energy problems.The country is in need of a cross party committee to look at energy needs, and what to do about them. Now.

Posted by Michael Owen on 2 October 2012 at 15:16

This shouldn't come as a surprise. Cumbria is being told by the likes of Jamie Reed that we need to bury the UK's nuclear waste here in order to secure a new power plant. This is nonsense.

Firstly the geology here is completely unsuitable, and secondly new nuclear build is looking less likely by the day since costs have shot up. In order to commit to build a nuclear power plant, developers are demanding over £100 per MWh, more than double the wholesale price of electricity, and far more than the price of the (admittedly intermittent) onshore wind.

If Cumbria agrees to go to stage 4 of the MRWS process, we are likely to get the UK's nuclear waste and nothing else.

Posted by Steven on 2 October 2012 at 09:30

No Moorcide

Posted by Marianne on 2 October 2012 at 09:23

We have to invite foreign firms to build for us because Mrs Thatcher decided to make us a nation of bankers and let inductry decline in her effort to destroy the worse excesses of the unions. Unfortunately we have been bitten by the bankers and ended up in a worse state than even Scargill would have dreamed of. What we need is a middle way but no existing party fits the bill.

Posted by chuck on 2 October 2012 at 09:10

why cant ccc and cbc see the benefits of nuclear power station to cumbria economy, they should be doing more to support the area instead of passing approval of wind farms. these wind farms cost more to run than the energy the produce.

Posted by chris on 1 October 2012 at 23:28

It's called Energy on the cheap, for tge government. Get private money (i.e. foreign companies as there are hardly any British utility companies any more) to build them, get the public to pay high prices (don't be fooled in to thinking its going to be cheap energy) and then the government has no liabilities therefore no obligation to pay a single penny of public funds on building, running and decommissioning them. If anything goes wrong the government can say "it's not our fault"....

Posted by Chris on 1 October 2012 at 20:37

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