Moorside needs to happen quickly if nuclear is to contribute to UK’s energy needs. The chairman of the Nuclear Industry Association (NIA), Dr Tim Stone, stressed the need to develop the site adjacent to Sellafield during his opening address to the two-day NNB2019 (Nuclear New Build) conference in London on Tuesday. Dr Stone told delegates from around the world that the nuclear sector in the UK had reached a critical point. While business leaders, politicians, unions and academics have all called for support from the Government to find a new developer to fill the void, little progress has been made. Meanwhile, plans for a £14bn power station at Wylfa Newydd, Anglesey, were put on hold by Hitachi after talks broke down between the company and the Japanese and UK governments over financial support for the project. Hitachi also suspended work on its plans to develop a second power station in Oldbury, Gloucestershire, delivering a hammer blow to the Government’s atomic energy ambitions. Dr Stone – who took over as chairman of the NIA from former Barrow and Furness MP Lord John Hutton in December – admitted that the new build industry “has gone through some pretty difficult times”.
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