NuGen: 'We're committed to nuclear new-build'
Published at 15:31, Thursday, 29 March 2012
THE consortium behind West Cumbria's proposed new nuclear power station has said it is '100 per cent committed' to the project after a separate consortium suddenly pulled out of plans to develop nuclear plants elsewhere in the UK.
NuGen, which wants to develop the Moorside plant near Sellafield, was speaking following the shock news that Horizon - owned by RWE and E.On - announced it will not develop new power stations in Anglesey and Oldbury-on-Severn, near Bristol.
NuGen, the UK nuclear company owned by Iberdrola and GDF Suez, said today it was "100 per cent" committed to its West Cumbrian project. A spokesman said: "We have no comment to make on developments at Horizon; we do not comment on progress or business developments at other consortia.
"NuGen is totally committed to and focused on its Moorside project, which aims to develop some 3.6GW of new nuclear power at our site in West Cumbria.
"Our Moorside project is of national importance and we are putting all our energies into making this development a success. We are progressing with our plans in tandem with a very supportive and knowledgeable community and West Cumbria as we move forward in
Moorside takes its name from a tenanted farm called Greenmoorside on part of the Sellafield area land.
In relation to the project, 5,000 construction jobs are forecast, another 800 in permanent operation and an extra 1,000 every time a reactor needs refuelling.
The company promises to use as much local labour as possible.
Having set up offices at Westlakes, NuGen has a programme of community meetings in place and will be taking forward supply chain development work during 2012.
Energy minister Charles Hendry said of the Horizon announcement: “E.ON and RWE’s withdrawal is clearly very disappointing, but the partners have clearly explained that this decision was based on pressures elsewhere in their businesses and not any doubts about the role of nuclear in UK’s energy future.
“The UK’s new nuclear programme is far more than one consortia and there remains considerable interest. Plans from EDF/Centrica and NuGen are on track and Horizon’s sites offer new players an excellent ready-made opportunity to enter the market.”
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