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12th January 2017
During Prime Minister’s Question Time (11.1.17) Theresa May spoke encouragingly about the importance of new nuclear build - referencing NuGen’s Moorside Project:
Mark Menzies (Fylde) (Con)
Q3. Westinghouse’s Springfields site in my constituency employs more than 1,200 people in highly skilled jobs manufacturing nuclear fuel, which generates 15% of the UK’s electricity. Does my right hon. Friend agree that the nuclear industry is of crucial importance to the north-west economy? Will she continue to support the construction of a new generation of nuclear power stations to guarantee jobs in the region?
The Prime Minister
I certainly agree with my hon. Friend that new nuclear does have a crucial role to play in securing our future energy needs, especially as we are looking to move to a low-carbon society. The industrial strategy that the Government will be setting out will have a strong emphasis on the role of regions in supporting economic growth and ensuring that the economy works for everyone. Like him, I very much welcome the proposals from NuGen and Toshiba to develop a new nuclear power station at Moorside.
The link to Hansard (the official record of the House of Commons proceedings) is HERE - Question No3.
“We are encouraged by the Prime Minister, Theresa May’s, comments yesterday - welcoming NuGen’s proposals for the Moorside Project to build a new nuclear power station in West Cumbria capable of generating up to 3.8GW of low-carbon electricity from a sustainable source.
“Nuclear power will make a valuable contribution towards achieving the UK’s targets for reducing carbon emissions and NuGen believes that Moorside – as the engine of the Northern Powerhouse - will have a huge positive impact for the UK economy and will be an important catalyst for regional development activities in those communities closest to our site in West Cumbria.”