£100m jobs boost for Fylde nuclear workers

Job security: An artist's Impression of the new reactor for BNFL Springfields Toshiba Westinghouse , Salwick AP1000 reactor

Job security: An artist's Impression of the new reactor for BNFL Springfields Toshiba Westinghouse , Salwick AP1000 reactor

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Nuclear workers have been given a major boost after a £100m power station deal was signed – safeguarding posts and potentially creating new jobs for people from the Fylde coast.

Japanese engineering and technology firm Toshiba has signed an agreement to buy 60 per cent of NuGen, the UK-based group that plans to build three new nuclear reactors next to the Sellafield site in west Cumbria – potentially creating 21,000 jobs in the North West.

The remaining 40 per cent of NuGen remains with European energy business GDF Suez.

Any fuel for the reactors will be made by Westinghouse at Springfields, Salwick.

A Springfields spokesman said: “This announcement is welcome news for Springfields as fuel for the new reactors to be built at Moorside will be manufactured at Springfields.

“Although the first reactor is not due to be operational until 2024, the deal will help to safeguard hundreds of future jobs on site.”

Around 1,200 workers are employed at Westinghouse’s Springfields site.

Toshiba’s investment could safeguard around 600 jobs which would otherwise be at risk as the older Advanced Gas-Cooled Reactors close.

The deal represents the completion of an agreement in January when Toshiba agreed in principle to buy a majority stake.