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Giant doors installed at 'one of Sellafield's most hazardous buildings'

The first giant door to be installed at the nuclear site Credit: Sellafield Ltd

It's being described as a massive step towards cleaning up one of the most dangerous buildings at Sellafield.

The second of six giant doors arrived at the nuclear site this morning.

Once installed the doors will allow scientists to access waste which dates back to the 1940s - when the site's purpose was to make material for nuclear weapons:

This is a very big milestone in what we do. Just getting to this point, seeing us physically putting up the equipment to retrieve this waste because this is one of the highest priorities here at Sellafield. It's a critical mission not just for Sellafield, for Cumbria but for the whole nation in order to get this waste into safe stores.

– Gary Snow, Sellafield Ltd

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Specialist nuclear police to patrol Sellafield

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Civil Nuclear police based at Sellafield are launching a new initiative to reassure the local community over any safety concerns or threats to the site.

'Project Servator' will see specially trained officers patrol the site and the surrounding area.

They will work with locals to report suspicious activity in order to deter and help detect crime.

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Former Toshiba boss moves to NuGen

Takeshi Yokota is the former Executive Officer and Senior VP of electronics company Toshiba. Credit: NuGen

Takeshi Yokota will take over as the new Chairman of NuGen.

NuGen are currently developing the Moorside nuclear power station in west Cumbria.

Mr. Yokota is the former Executive Officer and Senior Vice President of electronics company Toshiba.

“We look forward to working with our new chairman and board to drive forward our phenomenal project at Moorside. I am confident his renowned international experience combined with being based in the UK will greatly assist in our dealings with key stakeholders, including government.”

– Tom Samson, CEO NuGen

Moorside nuclear plans unchanged following Brexit

An artist impression of NuGen Credit: NuGen

Nuclear power giants NuGen say that they're plans to develop a nuclear plant in west Cumbria are to go ahead as normal following the UK's decision to leave the European Union.

The Moorside Project involves an investment of £20 billion to develop a new nuclear power station.

Before the EU referendum, a number of Cumbrian MPs raised concerns about the implications of a 'leave' vote in regards to the major investment from NuGen.

NuGen is a consortium made up of French, American and Japanese companies and the MPs said they'd made it clear their investments were more secure with the UK as part of the EU.

In a statement, the energy firm say that although they are looking for clarity on policy from the Government, they believe that major investment in nuclear power will provide stability for the UK.

“The Moorside Project continues to progress without change. "NuGen’s shareholders, Toshiba and ENGIE, remain committed to taking forward Moorside - Europe’s largest new nuclear power station - to produce and sell power to the UK grid. We firmly believe the case for new nuclear power stations for the UK is compelling, and unchanged as a result of the referendum.

"New nuclear power stations are vital for the UK’s future prosperity, delivering low-carbon, secure and stably-priced electricity for generations to come, while securing our future indigenous energy supplies on UK soil. NuGen will be in a position to provide power to the UK grid in the mid 2020’s.

"In order to deliver our station on time and on budget, we must secure clarity on policy and ensure the Government does everything it can to deliver investment stability for vital UK infrastructure projects.”

– Spokesperson, NuGen
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