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13th October 2015
NuGen’s plans to power forward with their Moorside project to build the UK’s largest new nuclear power station were welcomed by hundreds of delegates at a prestigious business conference in Cumbria.
Tom Samson, CEO of NuGen, the joint venture between Toshiba and ENGIE (formerly GDF SUEZ), which is planning to build three AP1000® reactors on land to the north and west of the current Sellafield site, told delegates at the n-eboc15 at Energus in Workington the company is making great progress - and reinforced NuGen’s commitment to West Cumbria. The project will deliver up to 3.6GW of reliable, low-carbon electricity – some seven per-cent of the UK’s future needs - for decades to come.
Tom Samson said: “New nuclear build will give a hugely significant socio-economic boost for the UK, compared to the alternatives. The impact for British jobs should not be left out of the debate on competitiveness; we will look for opportunities to buy British.”
Jamie Reed, MP for Copeland, opened the New Build session of the conference and urged the region to grasp the “transformational opportunity” that a new nuclear power station would bring to the region. He said: “New nuclear is not just about providing seven per-cent of future electricity or supplying to 6 million homes. Of course this is extremely important, but what new nuclear really means for West Cumbria is more than just regeneration it means our renaissance… ”
NuGen made a number of high profile announcements during the conference:
The n-eboc15 conference is a two-day conference organised by Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster. This year’s event attracted over 350 delegates with sessions covering not only nuclear new build but also R&D, the UK submarine programme and nuclear decommissioning. Over 80 exhibitors attended from across the UK and speakers included Lord Andrew Mawson, Lord John Hutton and Todd Allen from the Idaho National Laboratory in the USA.