Moorside land deal paves way for new nuclear in West Cumbria

1st May 2014

Copeland MP Jamie Reed has welcomed the completed land deal between the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Toshiba and its partner GDF Suez on the key commercial terms of an updated option agreement for land in the NDA’s ownership at Moorside near Sellafield in West Cumbria. 
Jamie Reed said:
“This is a critical step forward in the development of a new nuclear power station at Moorside.
“This deal marks the culmination of a huge amount of hard work and the NDA deserves enormous credit for securing this.
“Many people have been involved in bringing the project to this point and this marks is the culmination of almost ten years of work. We began this process by introducing new nuclear energy policies in 2005 and we have worked with a variety of local, national and international partners over that period to get to where we are today.
“There is still a lot of hard work to be done, but no one should be in any doubt with regard to what this means for West Cumbria, our economy, our people and our future generations. The development of Moorside is in the best interests of our environment, our local economy and our country.
“We are looking at the construction of three reactors at Moorside, set to come online from 2024 – but with thousands of jobs being created before we reach that point. The reactors will deliver around 3.4GW of new nuclear capacity, enough to power up to 6 million homes.
“It is estimated that the project will result in 21,000 jobs over the construction period, including peak on-site employment of more than 6,000 people.  In the operational phase the three reactors will sustain around 1,000 permanent jobs over the course of the reactors’ lifetimes.
“Step by step, we are establishing West Cumbria as a global centre of nuclear excellence. We began this work in 2005, it will take more years to complete, but I’m absolutely convinced that the best days of West Cumbria are ahead of us.”

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