NuGen deal is welcome

NuGen deal a welcome step says Prospect

The largest union for workers in the UK nuclear industry has welcomed today’s (Tuesday) news that UK nuclear new-build developer NuGen has signed a deal with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority for the land contract at Moorside, near Sellafield in Cumbria.

On behalf of 21,000 specialists in nuclear decommissioning and energy supply, Prospect national secretary Gill Wood said: “These plans deserve a warm welcome from consumers, business and staff alike as they bring NuGen’s proposed £15bn plant at Moorside a step closer.

“It is a clear sign that the company is committed to building three new nuclear reactors with the potential to supply 7% of the UK’s future electricity.

“Not only does this meet the national aim of sustainable, reliable and affordable energy for UK consumers, but it reinforces West Cumbria’s position as a centre of nuclear excellence, with the promise of an additional 6,000 jobs during the construction stage and more than 1,000 highly-skilled operational jobs for the region during the lifetime of the new plant.”

For further information contact:

Gill Wood              0151 728 9028 (w)      07713 511718 (m)
Katherine Beirne   020 7902 6625 (w)      07753 933174 (m)

Notes to Editors:

Prospect represents 21,000 scientists, engineers, managers and other professionals in energy supply, coal mining and nuclear decommissioning at employers including Hatfield, Kellingley, Thoresby, Sellafield, Westinghouse, UK Atomic Energy Authority, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Magnox Reactor Sites, British Energy, EDF Energy, E.ON UK, RWE npower, Scottish and Southern Energy, Scottish Power, Western Power Distribution and National Grid.