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Cumbrian nuclear project appoints planning expertise

NuGen — a UK based consortium consisting of GDF Suez, Iberdrola and Scottish and Southern Energy — has this week announced two appointments to its new nuclear power station project in West Cumbria.

Arup is its lead planning consultant and GL Hearn will be strategic planning advisor.

The planning phase of the NuGen project begins with immediate effect and is expected to last until 2015 when NuGen will make its final investment decision. The Commercial Operation Date of a new nuclear power station is currently scheduled in 2023. 

“Both Arup and GL Hearn were selected because of their extensive experience in this area,” said NuGen chief nuclear director Alfio Vidal. “They will now work closely with NuGen on reviewing the scope of site investigations and ensuring all required consents and licenses are granted in a timely manner.”

“With the National Policy Statement for new nuclear anticipated to receive parliamentary approval this month, this is a major step forward for new nuclear in the UK and ideal timing for NuGen to be commencing the planning phase of its project,” said GL Hearn head of infrastructure planning Ian Shrubsall.


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