The company, which has offices in West Cumbria and London, said it had revised its approach to the key issue of technology choice, where it is making faster progress than was originally envisaged.
NuGen has been focussing on two reactor designs, namely the Areva EPR, and the Westinghouse AP1000.
A faster selection of the technology for the Moorside project will not only better inform the National Grid consultation, which was due to begin in September, but will also speed up subsequent elements of the Moorside project.
NuGen’s revised approach on technology selection follows successful completion of phase one of site assessment work. NuGen is moving forward with preparations for phase two of the site assessments, which will involve sub-surface work.
National Grid’s planned public consultation on its North West Coast Connection (NWCC) was due to enter stage 2 consultation in September. The new date for the stage 2 consultation will be announced by National Grid early in the New Year.
The NWCC Project is designed to enhance grid connections in Cumbria, facilitate the development of new low-carbon generation in the region, and support NuGen’s proposed Moorside Nuclear Power Station.
National Grid made the decision to postpone its stage 2 consultation based on positive news from NuGen concerning NuGen’s revised approach to technology selection, and increasing momentum of the Moorside project.
Following discussions National Grid decided to align their approach with NuGen to enable them to conduct a more informed and focused consultation.
NuGen’s Moorside project could result in the largest-ever investment in West Cumbria by the private sector. Enhancement of the region’s grid connections would also facilitate other new low-carbon generation, including connection of new offshore wind-farms in the region, and strategically strengthen north-south electricity connections.