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Prime Minister 'committed' to Moorside nuclear deal

Prime Minister Theresa May responding in the House of Commons. Credit: PA

The Prime Minister has said the government is "committed" to ensuring the potential Moorside nuclear development in Cumbria goes ahead.

Theresa May was responding to an urgent question asked in Parliament by Cumbrian MP John Woodcock.

He asked her what she was doing to safeguard the deal, which has been thrown into question after the company behind the plans - Toshiba - announced it was reviewing its nuclear operations.

It is hoped the £10 billion development will bring 21,000 jobs to Cumbria.

I and the Business Secretary are involved and are keen to see these nuclear deals stay on track.

I can assure you the Government's commitment is there.

– Theresa May, Prime Minister

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Toshiba's nuclear review 'huge development'

Paul Dorfman. Credit: Paul Dorfman Twitter

Toshiba's review of its nuclear projects, including the proposed Moorside power plant in Cumbria, is a "huge development" according to a nuclear expert.

Paul Dorfman, Founder of the Nuclear Consulting Group, told ITV Border he thinks the company will definitely pull out of the £10 billion project, which it's hoped will bring 21,000 jobs to Cumbria.

This is a huge development. NuGen is what Moorside is all about. There is no question that they are pulling out of Moorside. It all comes down to the realities of nuclear economics. ENGIE are also worried about the cost of Moorside. The government is in talks with a South Korean company KEPCO but there is also doubt as to how interested they are in investing in Moorside.

– Paul Dorfman Founder of the Nuclear Consulting Group, Honorary Senior Research Fellow UCL Energy Institute

Doubts raised over Moorside nuclear development

The proposed development has been thrown into doubt. Credit: NuGen

The development of a new nuclear power plant in west Cumbria, which could bring 21,000 jobs to the region, has been thrown into doubt.

Toshiba has a 60 percent stake in NuGen, the company behind the planned Moorside development.

But last week, the Japanese company is reported to have said it's reviewing all nuclear power projects outside Japan, including Moorside.

Last month, the company said it might have to write off several billion dollars because of the purchase of CB&I Stone & Webster by Westinghouse, Toshiba's US subsidiary.

Cumbrian MP John Woodcock is to seek an urgent statement in Parliament on Wednesday following the news, which he's described as "alarming".

The government need to provide urgent assurances that they are doing everything within their power to ensure there are no problems with this project and that it will go ahead as planned.

That includes reviewing the reckless decision to pull out of the Euratom nuclear authority, and making it clear that they will not make decisions in our Brexit negotiations that will imperil the future of our nuclear industry.

– John Woodcock MP, Labour

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60th anniversary of Calder Hall nuclear station

Calder Hall Credit: ITV Border

Today marks 60 years since the opening of the world's first commercial nuclear power station at Calder Hall in west Cumbria.

The Queen carried out the ceremony on October the 17th 1956. The plant produced electricity for the national grid for almost 50 years.

"I think Calder Hall marked the start of the civil nuclear industry and it paved the way for 47 years of successful generation, with no significant events here at Calder and the birth of the civil nuclear industry across the UK."

– Glyn Thomas, Head of Operations, Calder Hall

Construction on £15million nuclear begins

Credit: Lakes College

The start of construction on a £15million nuclear college is being made on land near Workington today.

The National College for Nuclear will be built on the site of the Lakes College at Lillyhall.

The facility is part of a national programme to provide skilled workers in strategic industries and will train students in specific areas of nuclear operations.

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