Consumers face a multimillion-pound bill for work carried out in preparation for the proposed Cumbrian nuclear plant that may never be built. National Grid said that it had spent tens of millions of pounds planning the 100-mile power line to connect Nugen’s Moorside plant to the electricity transmission network. Much of the cost is expected to be recovered from households and businesses via levies on their energy bills for decades to come. John Pettigrew, chief executive, said that work on the Moorside line had cost “tens of millions” of pounds and that there was a “regulatory process” to recover the costs. Nugen is obliged to cover some of the cost, but one industry source said that it was on the hook for a little more than £10 million, while National Grid’s expenditure was thought to be in the high double digits. National Grid is expected to submit a claim to Ofgem, the energy regulator, to recoup the rest from consumers. The regulator can refuse to allow expenditure it deems inefficient, but the rules are thought likely to allow the company to recover at least half of its costs. The eventual £2.8 billion proposal included £1.9 billion of “measures to reduce its impact on people, places and the environment”, including burying the lines through a 14-mile stretch of the Lake District and a 13-mile tunnel under Morecambe Bay.

Times 10th Nov 2018 read more »

The Moorside plant was projected to create up to 21,000 jobs over its lifetime, and produce nearly 7 per cent of the country’s future electricity requirements. However, due to a lack of support the Japanese firm said it would wind up its UK nuclear arm completely, taking a 15bn Japanese yen (£100.5m) hit after closing its NuGeneration subsidiary. In a statement the company said it was taking the “economically rational decision” after failing to find a potential buyer during an 18-month negotiation period. Greenpeace UK executive director John Sauven said: “The end of the Moorside plan represents a failure of the government’s nuclear gamble. “Their flawed approach to making our economy low carbon has dashed the hopes of prospective workers and businesses in Cumbria that should have been centred around renewable technologies.” The Moorside site in Cumbria remains a site designated by the government for a new nuclear plant, and it now falls to them and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to determine its future.

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Justin Bowden, national officer of the GMB said: ‘The British Government has blood on its hands as the final sad but predictable nail is banged into the coffin of Toshiba’s jinxed jaunt into nuclear power.

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The Toshiba fiasco should signal an end to outsourcing energy provision to rapacious transnationals. TOSHIBA’S winding up of its nuclear business and, as a consequence, breaking its agreement to build another nuclear power station in Moorside in Cumbria is a savage indictment of government energy policy. Its profits-driven model of inviting transnational consortiums to bid for tenders on a piecemeal basis mimics its approach to our railways and shipbuilding industries — and with equally disastrous results. Major projects require government guarantees, so it makes sense for them to be planned, financed, built and run by the state. The state investment to set tidal power in motion is minimal compared with the eye-watering sums involved with nuclear power from plant construction to decommissioning and storage. The same applies to onshore and offshore wind farms and to other renewables, all of which require turbines and infrastructure that could be provided by Britain’s steel industry and produced by skilled engineers here too — especially in light of the post-Brexit capacity to direct such work to factories in Britain rather than put them out to competitive tender. Apart from provision of energy, a major failing of successive governments in Britain has been the refusal to tackle seriously the major problem of energy-inefficient housing. Setting up a government-sponsored best-practice insulation programme would reduce energy needs and household bills.

Morning Star 8th Nov 2018 read more »

MOORSIDE: Government to blame for demise of NuGen’s £15bn power station plans. Government accused of being “negligent” and having “blood on its hands” by business leaders and unions. The Government has been blamed for the demise of the Moorside nuclear power plant. Rob Johnston, chief executive of Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, blasted the Government for being negligent and allowing the collapse of a project that could have created around 6,000 construction jobs and a further 1,000 permanent operational roles. The GMB union has also claimed the Government has blood on its hands for failing to act before Toshiba took the decision to wind-up the developer behind the scheme NuGen. The Government hit back, describing Toshiba’s decision as a commercial matter and pledging its support for new nuclear projects. Business leaders, unions, MPs and academics have repeatedly called for the Government to take a stake in NuGen to keep the Moorside project alive as its owners Toshiba struggled to find a buyer.

In Cumbria 9th Nov 2018 read more »

MOORSIDE: Calls for Government action to develop new power station plans for Moorside site. Government urged to find a new developer or build small modular reactors on the site north of Sellafield. Calls are growing for the Government to step up and secure a new developer to build a nuclear power plant on the Moorside site. The land next to Sellafield is still earmarked as a site for energy generation, and key industry players believe the demise of NuGen and its Moorside power plant plans does not have to spell the end of Cumbria’s nuclear new build ambitions. Tom Greatrex, chief executive of the Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) described the NuGen wind-up as sad news but said the huge local support in Cumbria for the project only demonstrated the need for a development to take place. “It is vital Government facilitates the build of new nuclear on the site for the sake of the energy security of the UK and for the local economy in Cumbria,” he said. “With all but one of the UK’s nuclear power plants due to come offline before 2030, there’s an urgent need for new nuclear to be built quickly, and the Moorside site has a key role to play in this.”

In Cumbria 9th Nov 2018 read more »

MOORSIDE: Business leaders want nuclear new-build to go ahead in Cumbria. Shockwaves have been felt across the county after Toshiba announced it was pulling the plug on the Moorside power station. Cumbria’s leading politicians and business people have called for the Government to do all it can to make sure Moorside goes ahead. West Cumbrian MPs Trudy Harrison and Sue Hayman have been in China, meeting with the Chinese state-backed firm China General Nuclear Power Group and other potential investors. Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock added: “The move to wind up NuGen is terrible news for the Cumbrian economy and for the country. “The Government must answer for why it has refused to offer sufficient incentives to keep the deal alive and what it will now do to plug the massive holes in the regional economy and national energy security.

In Cumbria 9th Nov 2018 read more »

Plans to build a nuclear power station at Moorside in Cumbria, northwest England took a potentially fatal hit yesterday after Japanese engineer Toshiba said it was winding up the NuGen subsidiary that was to have built it. The decision follows the failure of detailed talks over the sale of NuGen to state-backed Chinese and South Korean nuclear companies. UK scientists’ union Prospect called for state intervention to save the scheme after the announcement, calling it “devastating news for Cumbria and the wider energy sector”. Toshiba’s statement yesterday said: “Toshiba recognises that the economically rational decision is to withdraw from the UK nuclear power plant construction project, and has resolved to take steps to wind up NuGen.” It added that it would lose $131.7m (15 billion yen) as a result of shutting NuGen.

Global Construction Review 9th Nov 2018 read more »

The future of a new nuclear power plant in Cumbria, along with 20,000 new jobs, is now in doubt after the Japanese engineering giant Toshiba said it was pulling out. The firm made the announcement after 18 months of talks failed to find a new owner for the NuGen project, which was due to build three new reactors. Union leaders described it as “depressingly predictable”, saying relying on foreign companies for the UK’s essential energy needs was irresponsible.

Channel4 News 8th Nov 2018 read more »

20,000 jobs at risk after Toshiba withdraws from Britain’s nuclear industry. Unions and Labour blame ‘irresponsible’ Tory policies for nuclear decay. Chaotic and “irresponsible” Tory energy policy was blamed today as Japanese firm Toshiba declared it was withdrawing from the British nuclear industry and winding up its nuclear arm – a decision that puts paid to a planned nuclear power station and 20,000 jobs. Unions and the Labour Party said the decision was a huge blow to the north-west of England, which would have benefited from jobs at the planned plant at Moorside in Cumbria. Anti-nuclear campaigners said the cancellation lends weight to their call for investment in clean renewable energy because it proves that nuclear power is not economically viable.

Morning Star 8th Nov 2018 read more »

Tom Greatrex, chief executive of the NIA, said: “Toshiba’s announcement today to wind-up NuGen – the nuclear power plant construction project in Cumbria – is sad news for all those involved in the project and for the nuclear sector. “The Moorside site in Cumbria remains a site designated by Government for nuclear new build and has huge local support. It is therefore vital Government facilitates the build of new nuclear on the site for the sake of the energy security of the UK and for the local economy in Cumbria. “With all but one of the UK’s nuclear power plant due to come offline before 2030, there’s an urgent need for new nuclear to be built quickly, and the Moorside site has a key role to play in this.

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The withdrawal of Toshiba from the Moorside nuclear power station project is ‘a cruel blow’ to the north west economy on which thousands of future jobs are depending, Unite the union said today. Unite said the government had a major responsibility for Toshiba’s decision to wind up its NuGen business, which was behind the Cumbrian plant’s construction, because ministers had adopted ‘a hands off’ approach to UK energy policy. Unite regional secretary for the north west Ritchie James said: “Today’s news is a cruel blow to the prospects for the north west economy and the future of thousands of highly skilled jobs in construction and operations, once it was up and running. “It is our view that it is not too late to revive this project, but it needs the active engagement of government, including the commitment of public money. “Moorside could be a powerhouse, literally, for the regional economy, and we will work with other stakeholders, such as local authorities, to see that this project eventually comes to fruition. “The hands off attitude of the government has been the elephant in the room and today this ‘one step removed’ approach has come home to roost. This is another example of the government’s chaotic attitude to policy making. “Unite will be seeking an urgent meeting with business secretary Greg Clark to chart a way forward to see what can be done to get this project kick-started again. “In an increasingly uncertain and dangerous world, there needs to be a joined-up UK energy strategy for the decades ahead to keep the lights on and the wheels of industry turning.” Toshiba had been trying to sell NuGen, after French company ENGIE pulled out. South Korean state-owned company Kepco had been in the frame as a buyer. It is predicted Moorside could have provided seven per cent of the UK’s electricity needs.

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Sue Ferns Prospect senior deputy general secretary: The Time For Dithering On New Nuclear Is Over – Government Can No Longer Pass The Buck. We need a new partnership whereby government, investors, unions, councils and communities work together to deliver the high-quality, low-carbon technology we need. The simple truth is that, despite the rapid and welcome deployment of renewables, Britain still needs major investment in our energy infrastructure if we are to meet our carbon targets and protect security of energy supply. Yet the government has taken a hands-off approach to major infrastructure whether that is building new nuclear capacity or tidal power, despite the pressing need for clarity and leadership on energy policy. Put simply, we don’t have enough energy capacity being built to meet future demand. The UK’s current electricity generation capacity could be reduced by 30% by 2030 because of the planned coal phase out, decommissioning of nuclear plants and the potential closure of aging Combined Cycle Gas Turbines (CCGT) plants. This would leave the UK increasingly reliant on imported energy supplies and potentially installing more gas.

Huffington Post 9th Nov 2018 read more »

A Lancashire MP has said the fight to build a new nuclear power plant in the region, which would provide work for county fuel makers, is not over. Japanese firm Toshiba finally announced it is to wind up its troubled nuclear arm, which was which was leading the Nugen project to build a new power station at Moorside near Sellafield. Westinghouse was a partner in the scheme and its workers at Springfields plant in Salwick were in line to make the nuclear fuel. Unions and the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) said it was a potential hammer blow, but Fylde MP Mark Menzies said the move freed up the project for someone else to take over.

Blackpool Gazette 8th Nov 2018 read more »

THE GOVERNMENT has got it “completely wrong” by failing to intervene to save Cumbria’s Moorside nuclear power plant project, says Carlisle MP John Stevenson. “They’ve got this completely wrong,” he said. “The government could have supported Kepco, and I’m disappointed they haven’t.

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Rebecca Long Bailey MP, Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, responding to Toshiba closing its UK nuclear venture behind the development of the planned Moorside power station in Cumbria, said: “Nuclear energy has an important role in the energy mix as we seek to rapidly decarbonise our energy system. That is why Labour has been consistent in its support for Moorside, calling on the government to take a public stake. “Today’s announcement by Toshiba is hugely concerning for the future of the sector and the thousands of jobs it would bring to Cumbria. Unfortunately, it’s not surprising given the government’s long indecision and refusal to step in.”

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Anti-nuclear campaigners have responded to Toshiba’s scrapping of plans to build a nuclear power station in Cumbria. Sara Medi Jones, Acting General Secretary of CND, said: “Nuclear energy isn’t just dirty and dangerous, this announcement shows once again it’s not economically viable. “Nuclear proponents will say the government should have done more to save the Moorside plant, but this is an industry that already relies on enormous state subsidies at taxpayers’ expense. Only last week we heard about the £121 billion Sellafield clean-up that is over budget and behind schedule. New nuclear plants are expensive to set-up, run, and they leave a legacy of dangerous waste that future generations have to clear up. “With offshore wind now cheaper than nuclear, it’s clear renewables are the clean and viable alternative. We call on the government to scrap plans for a new generation of nuclear power plants.”

CND 8th Nov 2018 read more »

In the United Kingdom, toward the end of private nuclear financing. After Engie’s withdrawal in 2017, Toshiba abandoned its plan for a power plant in England, without finding a buyer. The state is very serious about intervening in a very expensive sector. In the Western countries, the United Kingdom is an exception with its stated desire to build new nuclear power plants. The majority of those currently operating – owned by EDF – are at the end of their life. The British government wants to replace them, to keep the share of nuclear power about 20% of the total. But this goal has long been accompanied by one condition: the state must not intervene, and the private sector must finance the infrastructure itself. This ambition, proudly put forward in 2008 when the government presented its project, is gradually buried.

Le Monde 10th Nov 2018 read more »


Published: 10 November 2018