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NuGen acquires land in NW England for Moorside nuclear project

17 July 2015

NuGeneration Limited (NuGen) and the UK's Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) have signed a contract to transfer land near the Sellafield site in Cumbria for NuGen's planned Moorside nuclear power plant. According to the Cumbria News and Star, feasibility studies at Moorside confirmed the site was suitable for the construction of three reactors.

The Moorside plant will be situated north and west of Sellafield - Image: NuGen
The Moorside plant will be situated north and west of Sellafield - Image: NuGen

The contract was approved at a meeting in Tokyo on July 14.

The site - to the north and west of the UK's largest nuclear research facility at Sellafield – will be prepared for the construction of three pressurised water reactors. NuGen will now take responsibility for the land following payment of an "undisclosed sum" to the NDA, it said.

In October 2009, NuGen secured an option to purchase land on the West Cumbrian coast from the NDA for £70 million ($109 million). The site is approximately 200 hectares, of which the company will select the most suitable 100 hectares for the nuclear power plant.

NuGen chief executive Tom Samson said he was delighted at the “major milestone for NuGen’s Moorside project”.

“This is great news for the north west, and particularly for west Cumbria, the UK’s nuclear heartland. We are delighted to be taking forward Moorside, a massive development which will supply some 7% of the UK’s future electricity.”

Copeland MP Jamie Reed said the boost in confidence the decision gave his constituency, was “enormous.”

NuGen - a 60%/40% joint venture between Toshiba and GDF Suez - confirmed plans last year to build three Westinghouse AP1000 pressurised water reactors at Moorside by the end of 2026 with a total capacity of 3.4 GWe.

The first unit is expected to begin operating by the end of 2024, and a final investment decision is expected to be taken by the end of 2018.

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