A China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) senior representative has hinted that the company may be interested in purchasing the Moorside nuclear site after NuGen pulled out of the project earlier this year.
Speaking at the Nuclear Industry Association conference in London, CGN UK chief operating officer Robert Davies alluded to potential CGN interest in taking over the former NuGen site in Moorside.
When pressed on the CGNs interest in taking over, Daives said that “Moorside is a very smart site”.
“To make the UK successful in nuclear, we need to go towards a fleet effect, and Moorside is a nice site,” Davies added.
“With the demise of NuGen there is a gap in the UK’s nuclear programme; the expected sequence of reactors coming down the line has been interrupted.”
The site at Moorside is still designated for a nuclear powerplant, following the exit of Toshiba’s nuclear power company NuGen.
The new plant had been due to provide 7% of the UKs energy needs.
Toshiba had been looking to sell the project onto another developer for the last 18 months, after their nuclear division Westinghouse, who formed part of the NuGen joint venture tasked with the project, collapsed in March 2017.
CGN missed out on being the preferred bidder for the site to South Korea’s state-owned Korean Electric Power Corporation (Kepco), but talks fell through.
The site is currently under the control of the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
CGN is already involved in the UK nuclear power industry, being part of a joint venture to deliver Hinkley Point C.
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