Cumbria pushes the case for small nuclear reactors at Moorside. Cumbrian business have pushed their case to support the manufacture of an innovative new nuclear reactor which it is hoped could be located on the vacant Moorside site. Representatives from Shepley Engineers Ltd, TSP Engineering and Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster (BECBC), which has more than 300 members, were among the businesses to showcase their expertise and capability to multi-national engineering company Rolls-Royce. In July the Government said it will invest up to £18 million to support a consortium led by Rolls-Royce to design a first-of-a-kind Small Modular Reactor (SMR). Appetite for the technology has grown in the past few years following the collapse of the NuGen’s £15bn large-scale development at the Moorside site adjacent to Sellafield, and the shelving of two other similarly sized projects in Wales and Gloucestershire over the eye-watering up-front costs involved. And Copeland MP Trudy Harrison and Copeland Borough Council have both vowed to up the ante on lobbying the Government to push for SMRs in Copeland, with Moorside an obvious location as a site already earmarked for nuclear development.
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