West Cumbria’s economic blueprint

NuGen, the UK nuclear company aiming to develop a new nuclear power station in West Cumbria acknowledged the publication of the region’s economic blueprint as a positive step forward.

The company, whose Moorside project could deliver up to 3.6GW of new nuclear in the region was responding to publication of the blueprint, coordinated by Britain’s Energy Coast, which aims to secure a sustainable economic future for West Cumbria.

NuGen said the company was looking forward to working with local partners to create a positive impact for the region from the Moorside project – a development which could lead to the biggest-ever private investment in the region –  and make a huge contribution to the delivery of the Blueprint’s aspirations.

Olivier Carret, chief operating director of NuGen, a joint venture of IBERDROLA and GDF SUEZ, said the company supported the aims of securing West Cumbria’s future sustainable prosperity.

“Our aim is to have a very positive impact on prospects in West Cumbria and we are committed to working towards providing opportunities for the region. We note the launch of the blueprint and look forward to playing our part in conjunction with other key agencies in the region.”

NuGen, which has bases at Westlakes and in London, recently paid tribute to the region’s world-class training facilities and the professionalism of its nuclear workers at an important Trade Union conference held at Energus, and attended by Copeland MP Jamie Reed.

The company, which is building a business case as part of its development phase, is already fully engaged with key stakeholders in West Cumbria, is talking to a range of training providers, and is developing a procurement and supply chain strategy, ahead of a final investment decision to be taken by the company’s shareholders.

NuGen recently demonstrated its commitment to maximising training standards for UK nuclear workers by becoming the 100th member of the National Skills Academy, Nuclear.

The company is also planning a Stakeholder event in West Cumbria to discuss its plans, and the positive impact the Moorside project can have on the region’s  future.

Olivier Carret added: “We are mindful that NuGen could become a part of West Cumbrian life in the coming years, and although we alone cannot solve all the region’s difficulties our proposals at Moorside would contribute to economic development for the region’s future.

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