NuGen starting site characterisation work at Moorside

NuGen has awarded a £20 million contract to Furgo for site characterisation works at its Moorside site in Cumbria. The project covers both onshore and offshore works, onshore works commencing first and running until the Summer of 2016, the offshore works starting in Spring 2016.

The programme will provide vital information to support the design and layout, licensing, planning applications and other consents required to build a new nuclear power station at Moorside. The new generation facility will be capable of generating up to 3.6GW – approximately seven percent of the UK’s electricity requirements.

The onshore work will involve geological site investigations, consisting of over 300 boreholes and laboratory analyses, 2D seismic surveys, topographical surveys and groundwater monitoring. Fugro will also conduct marine geotechnical drilling of 30 boreholes, sampling and testing, including wireline geophysics, as well as marine bathymetric surveys; 2D seismic and unexploded ordnance (UXO) surveys.

Esa Heiskanen, NuGen’s Chief Project Officer and Deputy CEO, said, “The start of the site characterisation work marks an important stage for NuGen and the Moorside project. The data we receive as a result of the work will be vital in developing the project.”

Ian Judge, Fugro’s Project Director, commented, “We are delighted to be expanding our relationship with NuGen with the award of this site characterisation contract. It is one of the largest UK investigation contracts to be awarded as a single package and it recognises Fugro’s standing as an independent service provider as well as our unique ability to deliver integrated data for major developments such as the Moorside project.”

This is the largest contract NuGen has signed since completing the land deal with the NDA and will also rely on the local supply chain for plant and consumables.