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Up to 21,000 jobs at new nuclear power station in Cumbria

Up to 21,000 jobs could be created following a deal that moves the creation of a new nuclear power station in west Cumbria a step closer.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has reached an agreement with Toshiba and its partner GDF Suez on the key commercial terms of an updated option agreement for land at Moorside, near Sellafield.

This is a key step in enabling the development of the new nuclear power station.

Toshiba and GDF Suez intend to build three reactors, to come online from 2024.

They will deliver around 3.4GW of new nuclear capacity, enough to power up to six million homes.

It is estimated the project will result in 21,000 jobs over the construction period, including peak on-site employment of more than 6,000 people.

In the operational phase, the reactors will sustain around 1,000 permanent jobs over the course of their lifetimes.

NDA chief executive John Clarke said: “This is a significant step forward for the plan to establish new nuclear in west Cumbria.

"Together with our nuclear partners we are seeing the emergence of west Cumbria as a centre of nuclear excellence across the whole span of the industry from new build to decommissioning and waste management.”

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Further to the claim regarding 21,000 jobs, i have just heard off a top manager at the plant that they are now panicing because they will be lucky to find 1 or 2000 people in cumbria who can do the work,why does'nt the whitehaven news ask sellafield if this is the case it appears that most of the workforce will now be from outside the county.

Posted by justellusthetruth on 8 May 2014 at 22:53

You missed my point Bob i was saying the company who had built the reactors in japan have been told they cannot build that reactor type any more and they have lost all their nuclear contracts in japan,that is why we need to ask what they are going to put in place here and the real reason why they have put a bid in for the job.They have no more contracts in japan ask yourself why.

Posted by James O on 8 May 2014 at 22:46

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