A new clean energy park could be created on the vacant Moorside site, a Copeland Council report has revealed. Cumbria Clean Energy Park would be a “low-carbon energy hub” centred on Moorside as part of the Cumbria Nuclear Prospectus plan for the county’s nuclear future, according to a report to the council’s strategic nuclear and energy board. A team set up under Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership’s Clean Energy Sector Panel – including representatives from the LEP, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Sellafield Ltd, North West Nuclear Arc, Jacobs and the council – has developed the vision for the park adjacent to Sellafield. The report, which was put together by the council’s nuclear sector development manager, Rob Ward, said the council and the team have been approached by two consortiums looking to develop new projects in the area which could form part of the park. A new low-carbon power station around a small, light-water reactor has been proposed by the UK SMR Consortium, while the Moorside Consortium of EDF Nuclear New Build and partners has proposed building two EPR-type reactor units at Moorside; the same reactor design that is being constructed at Hinkley Point C. A finance model would need to be agreed with the Government but the report confirmed a feasibility study had already concluded the site would be suitable. The report also said the Cumbria LEP team was working to support both consortiums with their plans and that it was expected that other “advanced nuclear technologies” proposals will be forthcoming for the site.
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A group of major companies, trade unions and individuals have launched an initiative to develop a Clean Energy Hub centred on a package of nuclear projects at Moorside in Cumbria, north-west England. The proposal is based on projects including a new 3.2 GW UK EPR plant, as well as small modular reactors (SMRs) and advanced modular reactors (AMRs), with links to technologies including renewables and hydrogen production.
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Now the nuclear industry in partnership with the gaslighting and deviously named Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership’s “Clean Energy Sector Panel” says it has done a “feasibility study” and found the Moorside site “suitable” for new nuclear. Whoever did this “feasibility study” had tunnel vision. The Moorside site adjacent to the sprawling Sellafield Nuclear Waste site is not suitable for any sort of development – let alone new nuclear development no matter how prettily it is dressed up in green garb.
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Atkins joins major companies and trade unions to launch Moorside Clean Energy Hub. 15 major companies have come together with trade unions to promote a Clean Energy Hub in the North West. Potential for thousands of jobs and new opportunities for energy supply chain in Cumbria, the North West and across the UK. Nuclear technology at the centre of proposals, with the opportunity for companies to share expertise and complement each other’s clean energy ambition. The Moorside Hub could result in the development of new nuclear plants, linkages with renewable energy generation, hydrogen production plus energy storage.
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Moorside Clean Energy Hub Brochure.
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Moorside Clean Energy Hub: Firms tout nuclear and hydrogen plan for Cumbria.
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