In a not unexpected announcement by Toshiba today (8.11.18), the Japanese conglomerate has pulled the plug on its subsidiary NuGen, the consortium tasked with developing the £15Bn Moorside new-build project in West Cumbria. In its press statement, Toshiba’s Board said “After considering the additional costs entailed in continuing to operate NuGen, Toshiba recognises that the … [Continue Reading]
NuGen’s updates on progress with its Moorside new-build project are an extremely rare commodity these days in the UK. The last update, made six months ago, reported CEO Tom Samson as saying that ‘a universe of options’ remained available to NuGen – even with the bankrupt Westinghouse and its AP1000 reactors apparently kicked into the … [Continue Reading]
Respondents to NuGen’s Stage 2 Moorside public consultation which closed one year ago will learn little from NuGen’s response to CORE’s open letter to its CEO Tom Samson on 30th June.
Dear Mr Samson, NuGen’s Moorside Project and Public Consultations We note that it is now 11 months since the end of NuGen’s Stage 2 Public Consultation and that the promised Feedback Report has not yet appeared.
Plans to build the £2.8Bn power transmission line connecting NuGen’s delayed Moorside project have been put on hold by National Grid so that it can align its plans with those of developer NuGen which have already been put on-hold.
Almost seven years ago the NuGeneration (NuGen) consortium was officially established. Then consisting of France’s Engie (formerly GDF Suez), Spain’s Iberdrola and UK’s Scottish & Southern Electricity (SSE), the consortium’s plan was to make a start on its Moorside triple AP1000 reactor site in 2014.
The latest Generic Design Assessment (GDA) update on Moorside’s Westinghouse AP1000 reactor has been published by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR).
Confirmed by reliable sources within separate Cumbrian local authorities, developer NuGen’s application to the Planning Inspectorate for a Development Consent Order (DCO) for Moorside has slipped back by at least 6 months. This DCO submission date, previously identified variously by NuGen in its Stage 1 and Stage 2 public consultations on the project as April 2017, … [Continue Reading]
CORE comments on Toshiba’s delayed decision on Moorside. Given that the world’s financial markets are widely speculating today that the delay can only result in the subsequent release of a far worse set of financial figures than already reported by Toshiba – a melt-down primarily brought about by the chronic performance of its subsidiary Westinghouse … [Continue Reading]
A guest blog by Pete Roche: Engie, formerly GDF Suez, owns 40% of NuGen, the Company which wants to build three new nuclear reactors at Moorside in Cumbria, next to Sellafield. Yet Engie is fully aware that “the future is going to be much more about decentralized energy“. As Greenpeace Belgium says it’s time for … [Continue Reading]