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Old September 18th, 2016, 12:43 PM   #81
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Sellafield Ltd employ 10,000 staff, there are 2000 contractors on site, plus 1500 people in scientific research at West Lakes that are mostly linked to Sellafield, 200 at the NDA, and 400 jobs in Workington are based around supporting the nuclear industry. In total over 14,000 people's jobs in west Cumbria are based around Sellafield and 40 per cent of the workforce in Copeland work for Sellafield.
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Old October 14th, 2016, 10:47 AM   #82
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Meetings to discuss nuclear connection plans



14 October 2016 9:17AM

Electricity company National Grid has announced a new consultation on its plans to connect Cumbria's proposed nuclear new build to the electricity network.

It will hold 30 public events in both Cumbria and Lancashire, starting with one in Rampside Village Hall, Roa Island Road, Rampside, on Tuesday, November 1 to discuss the £2.8bn project.

These will see the firm explain the technologies which will be used to connect the grid to NuGen's planned development at Moorside, near Sellafield.

The company has been working on these plans for six years of work and say they have tried to find between protecting landscapes and the passing costs on to bill payers.

Robert Powell, north west coast connections project manager said: “We have been working on this project for six years now and, in that time, we’ve had thousands of conversations with communities and key groups. We have listened to their views and these have helped us shape our plans.

“This work has taken a long time but we feel that it is important for us to get the balance right between the cost of the project, which is ultimately passed on to bill payers and the desire to protect treasured landscapes.

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Old October 18th, 2016, 11:34 AM   #83
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Work starts on new national nuclear college



18 October 2016 8:01AM

Work on the new £15 million National College for Nuclear, at Lillyhall, started this week.

Set to open next September, the hi-tech facility will become one of two centres. The second will be built at Bridgewater in Somerset.

The Northern Hub, built at the Lakes College site, will feature virtual reality suites allowing learners to experience nuclear installations in a virtual environment, science and radiation laboratories and specialised design and modelling suites.

To mark the occasion, the first sod for the nuclear college was cut at a ground breaking ceremony at the site on Monday.

The region's industry chiefs turned up to witness the event along with students who will use the college.

The National College for Nuclear will train the next generation of nuclear workers in a range of specialised careers, and aims to train over 7,000 learners across both facilities by 2020.

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Meetings to discuss nuclear connection plans



14 October 2016 9:17AM

Electricity company National Grid has announced a new consultation on its plans to connect Cumbria's proposed nuclear new build to the electricity network.

It will hold 30 public events in both Cumbria and Lancashire, starting with one in Rampside Village Hall, Roa Island Road, Rampside, on Tuesday, November 1 to discuss the £2.8bn project.

These will see the firm explain the technologies which will be used to connect the grid to NuGen's planned development at Moorside, near Sellafield.

The company has been working on these plans for six years of work and say they have tried to find between protecting landscapes and the passing costs on to bill payers.

Robert Powell, north west coast connections project manager said: “We have been working on this project for six years now and, in that time, we’ve had thousands of conversations with communities and key groups. We have listened to their views and these have helped us shape our plans.

“This work has taken a long time but we feel that it is important for us to get the balance right between the cost of the project, which is ultimately passed on to bill payers and the desire to protect treasured landscapes.

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National Grid has released details of the proposed route of the new power lines ahead of the public consultations.

Details at http://www.northwestcoastconnections.com

The press release, giving more information, including a 13 mile tunnel under Morecambe Bay and putting 14.5 miles of the cables underground in the Lake District, which will apparently replace existing pylon lines in the area.

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Old November 5th, 2016, 01:41 PM   #85
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Regulators remove Sellafield improvement notice



4 November 2016 3:02PM

Nuclear regulators have removed an improvement notice served on Sellafield Ltd.

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) rapped the nuclear firm in 2015 following a number of issues at the Magnox plant. However it today revealed that the plant now complies with standards and the legal notice has been removed.

Although no harm or release of radioactivity had occurred, says the ONR, the notice was in response to shortfalls in the way operating instructions had been followed at the Magnox facility.


Dr Richard Savage, chief nuclear inspector at the ONR, said: "We served this improvement notice after identifying weaknesses in one area of the multiple safety barriers in place at the Magnox Reprocessing Plant.

"It is pleasing that the detailed improvement plan that was introduced in response to our legal notice has achieved the improvements we required, and that these have been delivered on time by the licensee.

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Old November 18th, 2016, 12:29 PM   #86
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Nuclear development could be opposed without health investment



18 November 2016 7:40AM

Plans to build a new nuclear facility in west Cumbria may be opposed by councillors if assurances aren't given about key infrastructure, including roads and health services.

David Southward, a senior member of Cumbria County Council, told the News & Star there are still "many issues of concern" about the proposed Moorside power station.

He has today issued an ultimatum to NuGen to address these issues - including how the development will impact on existing roads, railways and health services - urgently.


It follows calls by a west Cumbrian county councillor to oppose new nuclear development unless bosses agree to invest in vital infrastructure, including health services.

Christine Wharrier asked the question of Mr Southward, cabinet member for economic development, at the authority's full council meeting in Kendal.

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Old December 3rd, 2016, 10:48 AM   #87
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NDA chief given top award



2 December 2016 4:22PM

THE Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s chief executive, John Clarke has been given a lifetime achievement award for services to the industry.

Mr Clarke picked up the award in front of 1,600 people at the Nuclear Industry Association dinner.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Minister, presented the title to Mr Clarke.


He said: The UK is a world leader in nuclear decommissioning and I take great pride in the small part that I’ve played in the industry. I’d like to thank the NIA and the Minister of State for Energy, Baroness Neville Rolfe for my lifetime award.

“Progress in our mission to clean up Britain’s nuclear legacy is not possible without true partnership, so for me this award is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of everyone in the NDA, our sites and supply chain.”

The award, which comes as Mr Clarke works towards his retirement next year, was in recognition for his services to the industry.

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Old December 6th, 2016, 02:48 PM   #88
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New nuclear plant could hamper Lake District world heritage bid - claim



6 December 2016 6:19AM

A new nuclear power station planned for Cumbria is one of the schemes flagged up by campaigners calling on the Government to do more to protect England’s national parks.

A new report says that the Moorside plan and associated pylons would impact on the Lake District National Park, and may affect its bid for World Heritage Site status.

The Campaign for National Parks, Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and the National Trust have commissioned the research which they say shows that short-term economic priorities are resulting inappropriate developments in national parks.


Conducted by Sheffield Hallam University, the study looked at national policy to restrict “major development” in national parks.

It found that interpretations of major development vary between areas, and planning decisions often reflect the Government “mood” at the time, with policy changes that lean toward economic growth rather than environmental protection.

Major developments can include mines, wind farms and large-scale housing developments.

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Old December 31st, 2016, 11:24 AM   #89
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Concern for Moorside nuclear project as Toshiba shares plunge



Shares in Toshiba, the prime mover behind plans for a nuclear power station in west Cumbria, have gone into freefall.

Forty per cent has been wiped off the Japanese company's value after it said on Monday that its US subsidiary, Westinghouse Electric, may have overpaid by several billions of dollars for another nuclear construction and services business.

To compound matters, the company is embroiled in an accounting scandal.


Its shares plunged to 259 yen (£1.81) on Thursday before staging a modest recovery on Friday.

It is not clear what, if any, impact the crisis will have on plans for a £10bn nuclear power station at Moorside, Sellafield.

However, the agency Moody's has downgraded Toshiba's ratings and warned that the writedown could affect the company's ability to pay its debts.

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Old February 1st, 2017, 10:23 AM   #90
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Sellafield given more time to improve cooling tower condition



Sellafield Ltd has been given an extension to improve the condition of a cooling tower, after a watchdog recognised the "significant progress" made so far.

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) demanded improvements in September in the firm's management and control of the legionella bacteria in the tower at its Highly Active Liquid Effluent and Storage (HALES) facility.

The original deadline was January, however the ONR has this week granted an extension until May 19.

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Old February 2nd, 2017, 10:59 AM   #91
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Moorside nuclear power station project in doubt

Plans to build Europe’s biggest nuclear power station in West Cumbria are now in serious doubt after a key Japanese investor said it was pulling out of overseas investment.



Engineering giant Toshiba, which owns Westinghouse, intended to build three of its AP1000 reactors at the proposed power station complex, near to Sellafield.

The site was to generate 3.8GW, making it the engine for the Northern Powerhouse.

Toshiba, which owns a controlling stake in the Moorside nuclear station developer NuGen, is considering axing projects outside of Japan after running up vast losses estimated to run to billions of dollars.

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Old February 7th, 2017, 10:28 AM   #92
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Nuclear chiefs call for Moorside action




Nuclear chiefs call for Moorside action

Tom Greatrex, of the Nuclear Industry Association (NIA)

Nuclear industry chiefs are calling for new builds to go-ahead, as fears grow about the future of the Moorside project in west Cumbria.

It follows speculation about the planned multi-billion pound project after reports that its major investor, Toshiba, is about to leave the nuclear industry altogether. The firm insists no final decision has been taken.

Tom Greatrex, chief executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, has spoken out about the need for nuclear, saying: "Nuclear provides more than 20 per cent of our electricity, and with two thirds of the country’s large power stations retiring by 2030, we need new stations to be built so that there is a secure, reliable and always available supply of power for homes, businesses and public services.

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Government minister gives Moorside backing



A government minister has given his personal backing to the building of a new nuclear power station in West Cumbria.

Energy secretary Greg Clark said today that he will be "personally vigorous" in ensuring that the multi-billion-pound Moorside project goes ahead, adding that it is of "huge importance to the country".

Mr Clark, on a campaign visit to West Cumbria, was speaking amid speculation that the three-reactor plant planned for land next to Sellafield is in some doubt after Japanese giant Toshiba – which owns a 60 per cent share in the NuGen consortium – suggested that it could walk away from nuclear projects.
He said: "I know there are discussions ongoing within Toshiba, but Toshiba are only part of the consortium. The commitment of the consortium itself seems to be strong.

"And the commitment from the government is strong; it's absolutely clear that we are committed to new nuclear.

"I have visited Japan three times in the six months I have been in this role, and the fact that the government is prepared to make these connections and have the direct conversations is indicative of that."

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Old February 14th, 2017, 11:30 AM   #94
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Doubts on Moorside continue after Toshiba postpones announcement



CUMBRIA'S planned new nuclear power plant is still in doubt after one of the key movers behind it delayed making an announcement on its commitment to the project.

Toshiba - which has a 60 per cent stake in Nugen, the company which plans to build at Moorside, near Sellafield - announced last month that it was re-examining all of its nuclear projects outside Japan and would make a statement on the issue when it declared its results today.

Instead it postponed doing this.

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Korean investment for Moorside?




Korean investment for Moorside?

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6 March 2017 10:09AM

A Korean firm has said it is interested in taking a stake in the company behind Cumbria's planned nuclear new build, according to new reports.

The Korea Electric Power Company

(Kepco) is said to be investigating becoming part of NuGen, which has plans for a new power plant at Moorside, near Sellafield.

It is also rumoured to be a potential buyer for Westinghouse Electric, the troubled nuclear division of Toshiba. The Japanese giant has a 60 per cent stake in NuGen and if the plant goes ahead, would supply its three reactors.

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New Cumbrian power station at 'core' of region's growth plans




New Cumbrian power station at 'core' of region's growth plans


Plans for a new power station are at the "core" of Copeland's growth plans, a high-profile nuclear conference has heard.

Mike Starkie, Copeland's mayor, said the borough council gives a "warm welcome in principle" to the proposed three-reactor Moorside plant, on land next to Sellafield.

He added: "It will provide a significant investment in the borough and lead to many jobs, both temporary during construction and permanently through the operation of the power station and the supporting supply chain."


Mr Starkie was speaking to launch the annual New Nuclear Local Authorities Group (NNLAG) Conference, hosted this year by Copeland and held at Summergrove Halls.

Running until today and chaired by Suffolk Coastal District Council's deputy leader Geoff Holdcroft, it involves representatives from 15 local authorities across the UK that are affected by the nuclear industry gathering to share knowledge and best practice.

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James Fisher makes 'substantial' nuclear deal with EDF



14 March 2017 8:47AM

CUMBRIAN company James Fisher Nuclear has won a major contract with electricity supplier EDF-Energy.

The firm - which is part of Barrow-based plc James Fisher and has an operation at Egremont - will produce inspection tools for the energy giant.

These will assess the state of graphite cores across the power company's nuclear reactors. Graphite is used in reactors as a way of slowing down neutrons, which helps to cause a nuclear chain reaction.

James Fisher has not revealed the value of the deal but described it as a "substantial contract".

The equipment provided will be Eddy Current Inspection Tools (ECIT), developed by James Fisher in collaboration with EDF, outsourcing organisation Serco, Bloodworth Consultancy and Manchester University.

They are designed to assess the condition of graphite within vacated fuel channels using an electromagnetic field. As graphite is electrically conductive currents are induced in the material, which allows inspectors to form conclusions on the state.

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Credit rating downgrade for Moorside investor




Credit rating downgrade for Moorside investor

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17 March 2017 11:34AM

CUMBRIAN new nuclear backer has been hit with new woes after agency Standard & Poor (S&P) downgraded its credit rating.

The embattled Japanese giant - which has a 60 per cent stake in NuGen, which has plans to build a power station in Moorside, near Sellafield - has been branded "increasingly unlikely" to meet its financial obligations.

This is likely to affect the way lenders deal with the company, which delayed reporting its financial results this week for the second time this year and faces the potential prospect of being delisted from the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

It is forecast to make a net loss of 390bn yen (£2.74bn) for the full year to March 31.

A spokesman for S&P said: "The downgrade this time reflects our view that absent unanticipated, significantly favourable changes in the issuer's circumstances, there is a growing likelihood that Toshiba will become unable to fulfill its financial obligations in a timely manner or will undertake a debt restructuring we classify as distressed in the next six months."

Toshiba's woes stem from part of its nuclear operations.

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Korean company looking to but Toshiba's stake in Cumbrian nuclear project



2 March 2017 10:19AM

THE chief executive of Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) has said the firm wants to "jump in" to the proposed Cumbrian nuclear new build.

Cho Hwan-eik has said the firm is looking to purchase the 60 per cent of Nugen - which has plans for a power plant at Mooside, near Sellafield - currently held by troubled Japanese giant Toshiba.

He made the comment to reporters at a press conference in Seoul this morning.

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Moorside nuclear reactor given Government backing




Moorside nuclear reactor given Government backing

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30 March 2017 5:45PM

The reactor earmarked for use at the planned Cumbrian nuclear new build has been given the backing of the industry's regulators.

Westinghouse Electric's AP1000 has been given the seal of approval by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales - the three bodies which carry out generic design assessments of designs.

They are satisfied that the reactor meets expectations on safety, security and environmental protection at this stage of the regulatory process.

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