The former chief executive of NuGen has launched a new venture to develop mini nuclear power stations in the UK – including Cumbria. Tom Samson has launched Guardian Power with a focus on delivering Small Modular Reactors (SMR) and Advanced Modular Reactors (AMR) – a far cry from the huge £15 billion power station he had hoped to develop at the Moorside site in West Cumbria. And, in an interview with our sister business magazine, in-Cumbria, Mr Samson also revealed his hope to finally deliver nuclear new build in the county to make up for the disappointment of failing to do so while at the helm of NuGen. Guardian Power aims to link companies that develop SMR and AMR technologies with the investors needed to deliver them on the ground. Existing nuclear licensed sites such as Sellafield and Heysham, along with decommissioned coal sites, have been touted as ideal locations for SMRs and AMRs. Moorside has also been mooted, but Mr Samson believes it remains ripe for large scale development just as long as the Government provides investors with some confidence.
Carlisle News and Stat 10th March 2020 read more »