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GMB Calls on Government to Intervene after Nugen Admits Moorside Nuclear Power Station Delayed Beyond 2025

Wednesday, October 4, 2017


Britain needs this vital new infrastructure, and the reliable zero carbon electricity it will produce, and it is the Government’s responsibility to make sure it is built and in a timely manner says GMB.

GMB, the union for nuclear workers, has called on the government to intervene after NuGen revealed the new nuclear power station project at Moorside in Cumbria will be delayed beyond 2025.

NuGen, the company in charge of developing the £10billion reactor in West Cumbria has confirmed today that the project won’t be finished on time. [1]

The new nuclear power station at Moorside was set to have been delivering 7% of the UK’s electricity needs from 2025.

NuGen chief executive Tom Samson has said that he hopes to have secured a new investor by early 2018 and the start date to be the late 2020’s.

Last month, state-backed China General Nuclear (CGN), confirmed it is in the running to shore up the project in exchange for an equity share. [2]

The Moorside project has been beset by a number of setbacks in recent months beginning with Toshiba’s US arm Westinghouse, which is producing reactors for Moorside, going bust [3] which led to Toshiba chairman Shigenori Shiga stepping down [4] and French investors Engie walking away from the deal. [5]

Chris Jukes, GMB Senior Organiser, said:

“This delay is far from a surprise and finally confirms what GMB has been saying for months.

“We welcome the honesty from NuGen and ask why the Government is so silent and failing to show leadership on Moorside.

“Britain needs this vital new infrastructure, and the reliable zero carbon electricity it will produce, and it is the Government’s responsibility to make sure it is built and in a timely manner.”


Contact: Chris Jukes, Senior Organiser, on 07870 176733 or GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at

Notes to Editors:


[2] GMB Says Chinese Bid Is Not the Solution to Moorside Nuclear Plant in Cumbria and Suggests the Lessons of the Toshiba Collapse Have Not Been Learned

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Most members of the public will be looking on in continued bewilderment at the financing pantomime surrounding Moorside and asking why on earth the UK government hasn’t stepped in says GMB.

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[3] GMB Demands Moorside Reassurance as Westinghouse Goes Bust

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

It’s vital project is given certainty in wake of Westinghouse bankruptcy says union

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[4] Toshiba Resignation Must Not Jeopardise Moorside

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Fiasco shows exactly why relying on foreign companies for energy needs ‘plain stupid“.

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[4] 'Huge Concern' As Moorside Investor Walks Away

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

‘There is too much at stake for project not to go ahead’ says union.

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Previous press releases:

Delayed Toshiba Accounts Show Govt Must Act On Moorside

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The chaos at Toshiba must shake government out of its stupor of inertia and act to ensure the zero carbon electricity we vitally need is produced at Moorside says GMB.

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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

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GMB Demands Clarity over Moorside

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Union says this is why foreign investors shouldn't be left to keep Britain's lights on

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'Monumental Moorside Cock Up'

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

What the hell is the UK Government to take control of the situation says union.

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