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GMB Calls On Government to Intervene After Nugen Admits Moorside Nuclear Power Station Delayed Beyond 2025


Britain needs this vital new infrastructure, and the reliable zero carbon electricity it will produce, and it is the Government's responsibility to make sure it is built and in a timely manner says GMB

GMB, the union for nuclear workers, has called on the government to intervene after NuGen revealed the new nuclear power station project at Moorside in Cumbria will be delayed beyond 2025.

NuGen, the company in charge of developing the £10billion reactor in West Cumbria has confirmed today that the project won't be finished on time. 

The new nuclear power station at Moorside was set to have been delivering 7% of the UK's electricity needs from 2025.

NuGen chief executive Tom Samson has said that he hopes to have secured a new investor by early 2018 and the start date to be the late 2020's.

Last month, state-backed China General Nuclear (CGN), confirmed it is in the running to shore up the project in exchange for an equity share.

The Moorside project has been beset by a number of setbacks in recent months beginning with Toshiba's US arm Westinghouse, which is producing reactors for Moorside, going bust which led to Toshiba chairman Shigenori Shiga stepping down and French investors Engie walking away from the deal. 

Chris Jukes, GMB Senior Organiser, said:

“This delay is far from a surprise and finally confirms what GMB has been saying for months.

“We welcome the honesty from NuGen and ask why the Government is so silent and failing to show leadership on Moorside.

“Britain needs this vital new infrastructure, and the reliable zero carbon electricity it will produce, and it is the Government's responsibility to make sure it is built and in a timely manner.”



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