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Moorside Nuclear Power Station Extends Amec Contract

The proposed Moorside nuclear power station in Cumbria has retained the expertise of Amec Foster Wheeler with a continuation of its contract to provide environmental support by NuGeneration (NuGen).

Amec Foster Wheeler is to undertake assessment and modelling work which will allow NuGen to submit an environmental impact assessment to support its development consent order application and environmental permit applications next year.

Managing Director of Amec Foster Wheeler’s environment and infrastructure business in Europe, Rob Brown, commented: “Amec Foster Wheeler is the leading provider of environmental support to Moorside, this nationally significant infrastructure project.

“We are delighted to be developing a long-term partnership with NuGen, providing quality, time-critical environmental deliverables, and enhancing our position as a leading player in the UK nuclear new build programme.”

Meanwhile, NuGen Head of Environment, Paula Madill, said that the partnership between Amec Foster Wheeler and NuGen has been a success for a number of years and NuGen is delighted to be continuing the partnership as he environmental impact assessment and operation permits are prepared ahead of delivery early next year.

NuGen is owned 40% by French firm Engie (formerly GDF Suez) and 60% by Japanese company Toshiba, while Westinghouse Electric Company will provide three AP1000 nuclear reactors for the 3.4GW plant.

The end of last month saw the end of public consultation on the Moorside nuclear power station.

According to NuGen, the station could provide enough electricity to power 7% of the UK, while also creating thousands of jobs and the promise of significant investment in local services and infrastructure.

The plans have been approved in principle by Cumbria County Council and Copeland Borough Council.

However, they say that is the plans were to go ahead, there would also need to be a significant deal of investment in infrastructure in West Cumbria, in particular in community services and roads.

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