The Government has rejected a plea by Workington MP, Sue Hayman, to save the Moorside nuclear power station project, as the developer, NuGen, confirms the loss of 70 jobs. Sue, the co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Nuclear Energy, wrote to the Secretary of State for Business, Greg Clark MP, at the end of July, when NuGen announced it was consulting on job losses, calling on him to guarantee Government support for the project and 20,000 future Cumbrian jobs. Mr Clark said in June that he “will consider direct Government investment” in the proposed Wylfa nuclear power station in Wales, but he has refused to make any similar commitment to Cumbria. In a response to Sue’s letter, energy minister Richard Harrington MP said: “The Secretary of State and I understand the potential importance of the Moorside project to the local area. However (…) the proposed sale of NuGen is principally a commercial matter for Toshiba and it would not be appropriate for me to comment on those ongoing negotiations.” Sue Hayman said: “This Tory government could not care less about the Cumbrian economy, the Moorside project, or the 20,000 future jobs it will bring.
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Business chief blames Government policy for “frightening off” Moorside investors. Cumbria Chamber of Commerce boss urges ministers to change tack to save £15bn project. Rob Johnston, chief executive of Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, told in-Cumbria that the Government’s use of a regulated asset base (RAB) model to finance Moorside was a risk of killing the transformation project. Repeating previous calls for the Government to invest directly in Moorside to ensure it happens, he placed the blame for the delays squarely at the door of its Nuclear Sector Deal published back in June.
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The company behind the £10bn Moorside nuclear power station in Cumbria is cutting more than 60 of its 100 staff as its parent Toshiba continues its struggle to sell the company. NuGen was originally a joint venture between Toshiba and French multinational Engie but ran into trouble last year when Toshiba’s US subsidiary Westinghouse – which had been due to supply the nuclear reactor for Moorside – filed for bankruptcy.
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