NSAN member company NuGen welcomed news that following extensive public consultation the National Grid has announced they have chosen a corridor for their North West Coast Connections project to connect Moorside.
The move is good news for NuGen’s Moorside project as National Grid will now focus on detailed plans to connect Moorside’s three reactors, which will supply 7% of the UK’s future low-carbon electricity supply.
After two major consultations, and conversations with thousands of people in the area, National Grid have chosen a route corridor running overland around the coast of Cumbria – and under Morecambe Bay, to connect Moorside. They will now work-up the exact route which will see some existing power lines taken down and replaced with higher capacity ones.
A route running offshore was ruled out by National Grid and NuGen because of offshore obstacles in the vicinity, and because the technology has not been tested in connecting a nuclear power station before.
A NuGen spokesman said they were delighted with the progress, building on extensive consultation with people in Cumbria and Lancashire.
“This is excellent news for our Moorside project. We too are currently engaged in public consultations in Cumbria on our early-stage proposals for the power station, and we are getting valuable and useful feedback from local people.”
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Notes to editors
NuGen is a UK nuclear company owned by Toshiba and ENGIE (formally GDF SUEZ).
When fully operational, the planned Moorside reactors will have a combined capacity of 3.4 GW, enough to power up to six million homes. The first of the three Westinghouse AP1000 reactors is targeted to come online in 2024. NuGen’s Moorside project will help support the UK Government’s low carbon and energy security objectives at a time when existing power plants are retiring and low-carbon generation is required to meet national and international commitments.
Construction of the new reactors will create thousands of skilled jobs over the next decade, and the project is expected to significantly boost the local, regional and national economies, with a large portion of the development and construction programmes accessible to the UK supply chain.
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