Consultant WYG has criticised the government for not being clear enough in its support to build a nuclear power station in Cumbria. Publishing its annual results in June, WYG said it was forced to book a £3.2m cost on closing a business that it bought because of the work it expected to be carried out at the Moorside plant. Land and property firm North Associates was snapped up in 2015 but delays on the plant forced the firm to shut the Carlisle-based business in March. Last week Toshiba said it would wind-up its NuGen business which had been slated to carry out work building the plant at Moorside. NuGen was originally a joint venture between Toshiba and French utility firm 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. But WYG’s managing director of surveying and asset management Craig Hatch said Toshiba’s decision had been made “inevitable” because of dithering by politicians. He added: “Local support from MPs has not manifested itself into a clear form of government action that could have prevented this from occurring.
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National Grid have said that it has spent tens of millions of pounds planning the 100-mile power line to connect Nugen’s Moorside plant to the electricity transmission network. They now want this to be “recovered” from households and businesses via levies on their energy bills for decades to come. Remember a couple of years ago when Friends of the Lake District and others were faffing about with the pylon route.. …they should have joined the late great Jean Ward in urging National Grid to Scrap the Pylon Connection. Now we will all pay ££s because of the nuclear luvvies, but it is far far less than the abomination of new reactors on greenfields near to Sellafield.
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