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'Stop Faffing Over moorside'

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

How many kicks in the teeth for this vital infrastructure project before government steps in asks GMB.

GMB, the union for energy workers, has slammed the Government for its continued dithering following National Grid’s decision to halt work on a transmission line for the new Moorside Nuclear reactor.

Plans to build a 102-mile power line connecting the proposed nuclear plant in Cumbria to the electricity transmission network have been ‘paused’.[1]

This is the latest in a string of setbacks for the £10 billion build, set to deliver seven per cent of the UK’s electricity from 2025.

French firm Engie [2], backing the project with Toshiba, pulled out of the project last month after Toshiba announced multi-billion dollar losses, causing the Japanese company’s chairman Shigenori Shiga to step down. [3]

Then Toshiba’s US arm Westinghouse, which is producing the reactors for Moorside, went bankrupt. [4]

Justin Bowden, GMB National Secretary, said:

"How many kicks in the teeth for the desperately needed new nuclear plant at Moorside will it take to bring politicians of all colours to their senses?

"Britain must have the reliable zero carbon nuclear power that Moorside will bring as part of the balanced energy mix, alongside renewables and gas.

“GMB has repeatedly called for the government to stop faffing and step in, questioning why ensuring our crucial energy requirements continues to be exposed to the obvious risks arising out of passing the responsibly to foreign govemnents and foreign companies.

"The collapse of Toshiba spectacularly demonstrates why the UK should be in control of its own energy destiny."

ENDS

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

Notes to editors:

[1] National Grid hits pause on Moorside connection

15/05/2017

Plans shelved for "biggest new power line since electricity network was built"

Read more: http://utilityweek.co.uk/news/National-Grid-hits-pause-on-Moorside-connection/1302702?utm_source=Utility+Week+Breaking+News+Alerts&utm_campaign=34d476b2d2-Utility_Week_Breaking_News_Alert&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e8e6a1da5e-34d476b2d2-101147901#.WRqwKlXyuUm

[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] Toshiba Resignation Must Not Jeopardise Moorside

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Fiasco shows exactly why relying on foreign companies for energy needs ‘plain stupid'

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

[4] 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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