The Nuclear Industry Association has thrown its weight behind calls for the Government to take a stake in the Moorside nuclear plant in Cumbria. Echoing the call made by John Woodcock, MP for Barrow and Furness, the NIA said the Government needed to consider how it could help to reduce the huge capital costs relating to nuclear new build projects. Speaking in the House of Commons earlier this week, Mr Woodcock urged Whitehall to step in and help make the project more attractive for potential buyers. Describing the Moorside project as “beleaguered”, he said the Government was putting thousands of jobs, and a huge economic boost for Cumbria, at risk by not intervening in a project that would produce 7% of the UK’s energy needs. The GMB union has also repeatedly called for Government funding to help keep the £10bn project on track – a sentiment that the NIA says has been expressed by influential committees and in key strategic reviews.
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