NIA response to Toshiba announcement on NuGen
14 February 2017
Commenting on Toshiba’s announcement confirming its commitment to the NuGen nuclear new build project at Moorside in Cumbria, Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive of the UK Nuclear Industry Association said:
“We welcome Toshiba’s continued commitment to the Moorside project. With more than two thirds of our power generation capacity retiring between 2010 and 2030, we urgently need to ensure we have a secure, reliable, always available way of providing electricity to homes, businesses and public services for our future needs, and to do that in as low carbon a way as possible.
“As both Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn have made clear over recent weeks, building new nuclear capacity in west Cumbria is an integral part of the UK being able to replace old power stations, keeping a balanced mix as carbon emissions are reduced. This is a vital part of our country’s energy future.”
Notes to Editors
- The Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) is the trade association and representative voice of Britain’s civil nuclear industry. It represents more than 260 companies including nuclear power station operators, new build developers and vendors, those engaged in decommissioning, waste management, all aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle, supply chain and consultancy companies. Find out more at niauk.org.ukor @niauk.
- The nuclear industry generates a fifth of all electricity used in the UK, directly employs around 65,000 professionals and has the support of 71% of the public who believe nuclear must be part of a low carbon energy mix. The power generated by existing power stations avoids the emissions of 49 million tonnes of CO₂ a year – the equivalent of taking 78% of Britain’s cars off the roads. Take a look at the Jobs Map.
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