Nuclear power station in Cumbria scrapped as Toshiba pulls out

By staff writers
November 9, 2018

Plans for a new nuclear power station in Cumbria have been scrapped after the Japanese company Toshiba announced it was to close its NuGeneration subsidiary which was behind the project.

“Toshiba recognises that the economically rational decision is to withdraw from the UK nuclear power plant construction project, and has resolved to take steps to wind-up NuGen”,  the firm said in a statement yesterday (8 November 2018)

Sara Medi Jones, Acting General Secretary of CND, said: “Nuclear energy isn’t just dirty and dangerous, this announcement shows once again it’s not economically viable.

“Nuclear proponents will say the government should have done more to save the Moorside plant, but this is an industry that already relies on enormous state subsidies at taxpayers’ expense. Only last week we heard about the £121 billion Sellafield clean-up that is over budget and behind schedule. New nuclear plants are expensive to set-up, run, and they leave a legacy of dangerous waste that future generations have to clear up.

“With offshore wind now cheaper than nuclear, it’s clear renewables are the clean and viable alternative. We call on the government to scrap plans for a new generation of nuclear power plants.”

Jonathan Marshall, an analyst at the Energy and Climate Change Intelligence Unit thinktank, said: “Shifting away from expensive, complicated technology towards cheaper and easier to build renewables gives the UK the opportunity to build an electricity system that will keep bills for homes and businesses down for years to come.”

To date, the only new nuclear power station to get the go-ahead is EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point C in Somerset, which is expected to become operational between 2025 and 2027.

The government’s infrastructure advisers recently urged ministers to rethink their nuclear plans and focus on renewables instead.

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