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'Keep Moorside on Track'

Thursday, February 2, 2017



Relying on foreign money to build our infrastructure is always fraught with risks says GMB.

GMB, the union for workers in the nuclear sector, calls on the government to step in and guarantee the funding for the nuclear power station in Moorside, Cumbria, following Toshiba's announcement that it was reviewing its investment in the nuclear sector outside of Japan. [1]

For several years, GMB has stated that the UK government cannot outsource responsibility for building nuclear power stations to foreign governments and companies.

The remit of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) should be changed to the Nuclear Development Authority and charged with ensuring that the fleet of new nuclear power stations are brought on stream to replace the coal-fired and nuclear stations being decommissioned.

Justin Bowden, GMB National Secretary for Energy, said: 

"It looks increasingly like bad business investments may have busted Toshiba's role in a new nuclear facility at Moorside in Cumbria.

"The time is now right for the UK government to step up to the plate and fill any funding gaps to ensure this vital piece of infrastructure remains on track.

"Britain desperately needs the security of supply that nuclear brings if we are to keep the lights on and the economy running over the coming years.

“Relying on foreign money to build our infrastructure is always fraught with risks, the sensible thing is for the government to step in and guarantee the funding, this will keep Moorside on track and push down the price we will all have to pay for the electricity it will produce."


Contact: Justin Bowden on 07710 631351

Notes to editors:

[1] NuGen, the company behind the Moorside project, is 60% owned by Toshiba and 40% by Engie

Picture of nuclear power station by Cyocum used under creative commons


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