UK Guarantee for Cumbria nuclear power station

Aaron Morby 10 years ago

Plans to build Moorside nuclear power plant in West Cumbria have moved one step forward following an agreement by HM Treasury to provide financial security for private investors in the project.

The Government and NuGeneration – the UK nuclear company owned by Toshiba-Westinghouse and GDF SUEZ – will work together to agree support through the UK Guarantee scheme which encourages quicker investment to get the project started.

NuGen will build three reactors at the Moorside site near Sellafield usingToshiba company Westinghouse’s AP1000 reactors.

Work could start in 2018, with each taking four years to build.

When fully operational, the planned Moorside reactors will have a combined capacity of 3.4 GW which is enough to power up to six million homes.

It will create 21,000 jobs and is expected to come online in 2024.

Moorside joins Hinkley Point C as part of the Government’s wider nuclear programme with plans for up to 13 new reactors on 5 different sites.