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Response To Moorside Crisis

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

GMB'S FULL RESPONSE TO MOORSIDE CRISIS

The lessons from the collapse of Toshiba should have been well and truly learned long ago: relying on foreign companies and countries for our essential energy needs is sheer folly, says GMB Union

GMB, the energy union, has responded to reports a vital new multibillion pound nuclear plant at Moorside in Cumbria is set to be scrapped within months unless a buyer is found. [1]

GMB has long argued the Government should take a stake in the financing of the troubled £10 billion Moorside nuclear reactor – rather than leaving this vital project at the mercy of foreign companies. [2]

The Moorside rector in Cumbria was set to have been delivering 7% of the UK’s electricity needs from 2025.

For the 12 months from 7 March 2017, every one in 5.6 days was a low wind day (65 days in total) when the output of the installed and connected wind turbines in the UK produced less than 10% of their installed and connected capacity for more than half of the day.

For 341 days in the year, solar output was below 10% of installed capacity for more than half of the day. [3]

Justin Bowden, GMB National Secretary, said:

“This latest wound by the Government to the plans for a much needed new nuclear power station at Moorside in Cumbria is totally self-inflicted.

"Firstly, the lessons from the collapse of Toshiba should have been well and truly learned long ago: relying on foreign companies and countries for our essential energy needs is sheer folly.

"Secondly, by giving the go ahead on a new, publicly funded power station at Wylfa only last month, ministers showed that they knew there was a common sense alternative. [4]

"As well as eradicating the uncertainty, by the Government taking a stake and taking control at Moorside, the price to consumers will be greatly reduced making good all round sense, not just the obvious benefits to bill payers but because the Government is ‘the lender of last resort’ when it comes to guaranteeing the country’s energy supply and so direct public funding of the construction does away with the nonsensical pretence that this is some other country or company’s responsibility.

“West Cumbria vitally needs Moorside and the accompanying creation of thousands of new jobs and apprenticeships, means a huge boost to the economy and reliable, zero carbon electricity to millions of homes.”

ENDS

Contact: Justin Bowden on 07710 631351; or GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to Editors:

[1] https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/plans-for-moorside-nugen-nuclear-plant-set-to-go-up-in-smoke-psnssbn07

[2] Previous GMB press releases on Moorside

Government Must Take Stake In Moorside

http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/government-stake-moorside

GMB Demands Moorside Reassurance as Westinghouse Goes Bust

http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/westinghouse-goes-bust

Toshiba Resignation Must Not Jeopardise Moorside

Read more: http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/toshiba-resignation-fears

'Huge Concern' As Moorside Investor Walks Away

Read more: http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/huge-concern-moorside

GMB Says Chinese Bid Is Not the Solution to Moorside Nuclear Plant in Cumbria and Suggests the Lessons of the Toshiba Collapse Have Not Been Learned

http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/moorside-china-bid

[3]  http://www.gmb.org.uk/www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/low-wind-days

[4] http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/wylfa-announecment-welcome

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