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'Monumental Moorside Cock Up'

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

 

What the hell is the UK Government to take control of the situation says union.

GMB, the energy union, has described Toshiba’s involvement in the Moorside nuclear reactor project as a ‘monumental cock up’.

Toshiba – one of the major financial backers of the project - has warned of £7 billion annual losses. [1]

The Japanese company finally released its third quarter results after twice delaying them.

Not only are the accounts not signed off its auditors, the company warns “events and conditions…raise substantial doubt about the company’s ability to continue as a going concern”.

It’s the latest in a long line of setbacks for the power station - set to be built in Cumbria and deliver seven per cent of the UK’s electricity from 2025.

Last week French investors Engie [1] walked away from the deal, prior to which Toshiba’s US arm Westinghouse, which is producing reactors for Moorside, went bankrupt. [2]

Justin Bowden, GMB National Secretary, said:

“We are fast running out of adjectives to describe this ridiculous pantomime surrounding Toshiba and its involvement in the UK’s vital and much-needed new nuclear plant at Moorside

“As monumental cock ups go it’s hard to imagine a worse energy related one in recent times.

“This should an abject lesson to any government of any political persuasion as to why foreign companies and foreign investors should not be left with the responsibility of keeping the county’s lights on and economy working.

“The key question now is what the hell the UK government is doing to take control of the situation?”

ENDS

Contact: GMB press office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to editors:

[1] Toshiba warns over its survival as it forecasts £7bn losses

Crisis creates concern about future of UK’s Moorside nuclear plant, in which subsidiary Westinghouse is a key player

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/apr/11/toshiba-losses-uk-moorside-nuclear-plant-westinghouse

[2] 'Huge Concern' As Moorside Investor Walks Away

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

‘There is too much at stake for project not to go ahead’ says union.

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

[3] GMB Demands Moorside Reassurance as Westinghouse Goes Bust

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

It’s vital project is given certainty in wake of Westinghouse bankruptcy says union

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

Previous press releases:

'Keep Moorside on Track'

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Relying on foreign money to build our infrastructure is always fraught with risks says GMB

Read more: http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/keep-moorside-track

GMB Demands Clarity over Moorside

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Union says this is why foreign investors shouldn't be left to keep Britain's lights on

Read more: http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/clarity-over-moorside
 

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