Call to act after nuclear power lines work stops

The Sellafield site in West Cumbria near where the Moorside power plants are planned
The Sellafield site in West Cumbria near where the Moorside power plants are planned
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Unions have called on the Government to stop dithering over  nuclear power plant plans which could safeguard Fylde jobs.

Energy workers union GMB, has slammed the Government after National Grid’s decision to halt work on a power line for the Moorside Nuclear reactor.

Plans to build a 102-mile power line connecting the proposed nuclear plant to the electricity transmission network have been ‘paused’.

This is the latest in a string of setbacks for the £10bn build, set to deliver seven per cent of the UK’s electricity from 2025 and for which the Springfields plant at Salwick would make fuel.

French firm Engie, backing the project with Toshiba, pulled out of the project last month after Toshiba announced multi-billion dollar losses.

Justin Bowden, GMB national secretary, said: “Britain must have the reliable zero carbon nuclear power that Moorside will bring as part of the balanced energy mix.

"GMB has repeatedly called for the government to stop faffing and step in. The collapse of Toshiba spectacularly shows why the UK should be in control of its own energy destiny.”

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