Company behind new Cumbrian nuclear plant confirms job cuts

Toshiba-owned NuGen’s 100-plus team will be reduced to less than 40

United Utilities applies for three drought permits

It has warned of a ‘severe water shortage’ due to the lack of rainfall

Cumbrian Mear Moor wind farm now under community ownership

A Cumbrian wind farm is said to be the first in the UK to be transferred to community ownership from a commercial developer. More than 400 individuals raised £2.8 million in just two weeks to refinance the Mear Moor community wind farm. Energy Prospects, High Winds and Baywind bought the renewable project, with support from […]

National College for nuclear sector launched

A new college aimed at helping young people and learners gain the knowledge and skills they need to work in the growing nuclear sector has been launched. The National College for Nuclear has hubs in Cumbria – Lakes College – and Somerset – Bridgwater & Taunton College – and facilities that include virtual and simulated […]

Sellafield firefighters’ strike back on after talks fail

Firefighters at the Sellafield nuclear site in Cumbria are to stage two strikes this month in a dispute over pay grades. More than 60 GMB union members had voted for industrial action in July but it was shelved for further talks. However, the union has said the management at Sellafield “failed to keep promises” and […]

NuGen boss says Cumbrian nuclear plant will be delayed

The head of NuGen has said the development of the proposed nuclear power station in Cumbria will be delayed. The firm initially expected electricity generation to begin by 2025. However, Chief Executive Tom Samson said: “Clearly, there will be a shift in the start date from 2025 to later in the 2020s but the plant […]

Sellafield nuclear workers confirm 24-hour strike

A total of 3,000 workers at the Sellafield nuclear site in Cumbria are to strike tomorrow in a dispute over pay. GMB union said its members working at the site will begin industrial action from 6.01am on Wednesday, 27th September until 5.59am on Thursday, 28th September. The move comes after 76% of members voted to […]

Is Toshiba putting Cumbrian nuclear plant on hold?

Toshiba is reportedly preparing to put its nuclear power plant in Cumbria on hold. Reports claim its joint venture NuGen, which is developing the project, has warned suppliers it will have to cut spending due to its Japanese owner’s financial issues. Earlier this year it insisted Toshiba “remains committed” to the project, which is expected […]

UK nuclear project faces uncertainty as ENGIE pulls out

French energy company ENGIE is selling its stake in the venture behind a proposed new nuclear power station in Cumbria. It intends to sell its 40% shares to Toshiba, which owns the remainder of NuGen – the UK-based nuclear energy company that plans to build three Westinghouse reactors at Moorside. Toshiba is to pay ¥15.3 […]

Toshiba ‘committed’ to Cumbrian nuclear project

The company building a new nuclear power plant in Cumbria said Toshiba “remains committed” to the project. NuGen is to continue to progress plans to develop the 3.8GW power station at Moorside, near Sellafield, which would provide 7% of the UK’s electricity needs. Toshiba has a 60% share in NuGen, a joint venture with France’s […]