Moorside is billed as the proposal for “Europe’s Biggest Nuclear Development” An equally accurate description would be:
MOORSIDE: EUROPE’S BIGGEST PROPOSED NUCLEAR DISASTER
The following is spin, smoke and mirrors from the nuclear industry: Don’t believe the hype. These AP1000 are not proven technology, they are not operational anywhere. They would produce waste even hotter than from existing nuclear reactors, needing cooling with fresh water (the proposal is to use Thirlmere) for decades longer than existing wastes before even thinking about what to do with the crapola in the long term. The “land deal” is the handover of publicly bought land for an unspecified amount on unspecified terms. Land that had been bought out of the public purse by the UK government to provide a buffer zone of fields and ancient hedgerows around the already intolerably dangerous Sellafield site is being sold down the radioactive river along with Cumbria STOP MOORSIDE!!!!
“NuGen’s UK Moorside land deal delivers new build synergies with Sellafield: CEO
Aug 27, 2015
The proven deployment and modular construction of the US-built AP1,000 reactor
make it an excellent fit for the 3.4 GW Moorside plant and NuGen can use
infrastructure from nearby Sellafield for the project, Tom Samson, the
company’s CEO, said.
NuGeneration Limited (NuGen) cleared a key stage in its development of the
Moorside plant in July when it completed a land acquisition from the
state-owned Nuclear Decommissioning Authority based at the nearby Sellafield
site in northern England.
The deal represented a strong start for Tom Samson, who was recently appointed
CEO of NuGen after a role as Chief Operating Officer of Emirates Nuclear
Energy Corporation (ENEC).
Samson recently spoke at a new build forum held by the UK’s Nuclear Industry
Association. He has big ambitions for infrastructure consolidation between the
adjacent Moorside and Sellafield sites, including the joint use of land and
consolidation of infrastructure resources.
The Moorside plant could also benefit from the significant decommissioning
resources on the Sellafield site, Samson said.
Sellafield is the site of the UK’s first nuclear plant, now shutdown, and
the facility hosts the country’s largest decommissioning project.
The Moorside project includes the development of the new build site, the
development of other sites in West Cumbria that will be needed for transport
and logistics infrastructure, and residential accommodation for construction
The Moorfield and Sellafield sites will together represent the largest
construction and nuclear power project in the UK, the largest investment ever
in the UK county of West Cumbria and one of the largest current infrastructure
projects in Europe.
Samson considers 2017 to be a key year for NuGen. The company will seek to
develop a consensus for the Moorside construction through an ongoing public
consultation process, for which the first stage ended in the summer of 2015.
The second stage will start in May 2016 and is expected to be completed in
If the consultation phase is successful, NuGen would then submit an
application for the crucial Development Consent (nuclear site licence), which
will be decided upon by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. A final
Investment Decision on the project would be made during 2018.
Samson told reporters that the Westinghouse AP 1000 PWR reactor, three of
which will be used at the Moorside site, is the right reactor design for the
“The US technology [the AP1000 reactor] has got a strong licensing pedigree,
is designed for modular units and is easy to deliver,” Samson said.
“Seventeen of the units of this kind have been already used in China, so
they are no more first of the kind to use,” he said.
EDF is planning to rejuvenate its European new build program by building two
1.65 GW French-designed European Pressurised Reactors at the Hinkley Point C
site in south-west England by around 2023-2024.
However, previous EPR projects in Finland and France—the first of their kind
in Europe– have experienced major construction delays and legal challenges
have been filed against the financial arrangements for the plant made between
EDF and the UK government.
Samson said that the design of NuGen’s Moorside plant “will not be
identical with the Chinese plants using the same technology as its modular
structure will fit a specific design for NuGen in particular.” He would not
disclose further details on these design differences.
The construction of Moorside is estimated to cost around £10 billion ($17
billion). The plant will supply 7% of the UK’s total electricity needs when
it is completed.
NuGen is a 60/40 joint venture between Toshiba and French utility Engie
(formerly GDF Suez). The AP1000 manufacturer Westinghouse is a 100% subsidiary
Landing the deal
NuGen’s plans to seek various synergies with Sellafield were boosted on 14
July when the operator signed the land contract for Moorside with the NDA.
The signing follows the successful completion of site suitability studies at
Moorside by NuGen, which validated the site for nuclear construction and
ensured that the AP1000 reactor could be successfully installed there.
The Moorside site is located to the northwest of the Sellafield complex, which
is itself positioned on the North Sea coast in the north of England. The land
deal underpins the successful policy of selling NDA land to new nuclear
developers and creating value for the taxpayer, but most of all, it gives a
green light to NuGen to follow its three-stage nuclear new build plan.
NuGen says that these three stages comprise a pre-licensing phase during which
the company builds its relationship with the Office for Nuclear Regulation
(ONR), a review phase of extensive interaction with the regulator and a third
phase of ongoing compliance with the legal obligations that ONR imposes once
the site license for Moorside is granted.
Site characterisation studies will continue at Moorside in the autumn of 2015
and will feed in to detailed planning and site layout work. The company says
that it intends to develop strong local industrial partnerships in West
Cumbria and the surrounding areas and has a target of up to 60% of the project
being supplied by UK companies.
“We will be working to develop a regional supply chain to work with us and
we will want to work closely with schools, universities, training and skills
bodies and local representatives to ensure we train a first-class workforce
for our Moorside project,” according to plans published by the developer.
UK Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom welcomed the joint NuGen-NDA announcement of
the land deal, saying in a statement that “backing the next generation of
nuclear projects is a key part of our long-term plan to power the economy with
clean, secure energy and keep bills as low as possible for hardworking
families and businesses.”
As the COO of ENEC, Samson was responsible for the development of the company
that is building a series of new nuclear reactors at Barakah which will supply
25% of the power for the United Arab Emirates by 2020. Samson’s background
is in infrastructure finance and NuGen describes him as “a globally renowned
mega infrastructure development specialist.”
NuGen has said the first reactor for the Moorside plant could be in operation
by 2024. The remaining two reactors would be commissioned in the following
years and the exact dates for these have not yet been announced.
The UK has ambitious plans to build up to 19 GW of new nuclear capacity by
2030, and as it stands EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point C is expected to be the
first plant online in around 2023.”