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The company in charge of developing a new nuclear power station in West Cumbria has admitted for the first time that the project will be delayed.
NuGen chief executive Tom Samson said the consortium had hoped to have Moorside power station up and running next to the Sellafield nuclear site by 2025 but that this now wouldn't happen.
He said that he expects to have secured a new investor by early 2018 and the start date to be the late 2020s.
Hundreds of Sellafield contractors have returned to work following a walk-out last week.
The 1,100 contractors were angered by the state of a changing room on the nuclear site.
The Unite union now says that "it's confident" those issues can be resolved during talks this week.
Sellafield says it's will work with the union to address their concerns.
Here's Katie Hunter's exclusive interview with NuGen Chief Executive Officer Tom Samson. Mr Samson says he's certain the plant will go ahead.
The Mayor of Copeland says he has complete confidence that the Moorside nuclear project will go ahead, and leave a "lasting legacy" in west Cumbria.
Plans for a multi-billion-pound nuclear site have been thrown into doubt by the financial struggles of Toshiba, the Japanese company that owns NuGen, who are responsible for Moorside.
NuGen is now carrying out a strategic review, to determine the future of the nuclear development.
Mike Starkie said he had discussed the problems with NuGen's CEO Tom Samson today.
It is crucial to West Cumbria that this project goes ahead to ensure that we have jobs and prosperity secured for present and future generations, ensuring a lasting legacy.
We believe this is the best of UK sites for investment, and as the Centre of Nuclear Excellence, we are well rehearsed in dealing with large scale nuclear projects.
I have today (Wednesday) spoken with the CEO of NuGen, Tom Samson, and I have had a frank and honest discussion with him. I am reassured that the reasoning behind the strategic review is to ensure that the Moorside project is on the right track and the commitment to its delivery assured.
Japanese conglomerate Toshiba is considering selling its shares in NuGen, the company behind a proposed new nuclear power site in Cumbria.
Toshiba is set to take full ownership of NuGen, because of the withdrawal of another company, Engie.
However due to financial difficulties, the firm wants to put nuclear projects outside Japan on hold.
Following an exclusive ITV Border interview with Tom Samson, the CEO of NuGen, Toshiba has released the following statement:
Toshiba and NuGen are undertaking a strategic review of its options towards continuation of the project. We cannot comment on its details.
With regard to Toshiba’s involvement of the project, no details have been decided yet, but we would like to explore alternatives, including sales of the shares, while carefully monitoring the situation, in consultation with other stakeholders including the British government.
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