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Saturday, 23 August 2014

Reaction to name for proposed station

EXPERTS predict that West Cumbria’s proposed new nuclear power station will be worth as much as £9bn.

Based on today’s prices, this will also be the biggest ever single private sector investment for the area.

But, for the time being, the station’s prospective developer Nugen, the UK nuclear company owned by Iberdrola and GDF Suez, stress that it is very much in the development phase working towards building a business case which it is hoped will result in a final investment decision in 2015.

One of the consortium’s recent activities has been in meeting the six parish council’s nearest to the land on which the station would be built – this is 200 hectares adjacent to the existing Sellafield nuclear licensed site.

At the same time Nugen representatives have been talking to local residents explaining the process and how they can get involved, discuss issues and feed in views.

Also Nugen has legally advertised the process that it has an option to buy the development land, as well as applying for an electricity generation licence to regulators OfGem as part of another formal process in building a station providing up to 3.6GW of new nuclear generation.

Moorside is the name Nugen wants to give to the station.

It takes its name from a tenanted farm called Greenmoorside on part of the Sellafield area land.

In relation to the project, 5,000 construction jobs are forecast, another 800 in permanent operation and an extra 1,000 every time a reactor needs refuelling.

The company promises to use as much local labour as possible.

Local opinion was sought on the name choice, which Nugen says reflects local identity and regional aspirations.

Copeland MP Jamie Reed, who played a major role in convincing Nugen of Copeland’s potential for new nuclear build, welcomes the name.

The MP said: “Nugen is seeking to forge a long standing relationship with our community.

“Moorside is a good name, it’s important to draw the distinction between the new nuclear build site and Sellafield.”

Chairman of West Cumbria Stakeholders Group, David Moore, said: “Nugen needs to have its own identity. Moorside is a good choice but why not consider using the full name of Greenmoorside? Green, in my opinion, is associated with new energy generation.”

Copeland Council leader Elaine Woodburn: “Some will have strong views on the name but for me it’s simply a positive that they’re moving forward with the plans which will have a major economic impact for Copeland.”

Nugen’s chief operating director, Olivier Carret, said: “We’re proud of a name which brings clarity and a distinct identity to the nuclear new-build development. We will shortly be carrying out preliminary work on the site and it is important that our local community and national stakeholders recognise us. To be treated here in West Cumbria as a neighbour in an area full of experienced and well trained people is a priority for us.”

Alfio Vidal, Nugen’s chief nuclear director, said naming the project was an important part of the company’s development plans.

“It’s important our project has a name. It gives momentum to developing solid relationships with the community and supply chain.

“We think Moorside reflects the unique qualities of West Cumbria and our new project name marks a step forward in our development plans.”

Having set up offices at Westlakes, Nugen has a programme of community meetings in place and will be taking forward supply chain development work during 2012.

Nugen has formally announced Moorside as the project name at the nuclear industry’s major Energy Choices conference in London.

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