Ten weeks of consultations commenced at the weekend into the development of a new nuclear power plant near Sellafield in England.

The £10bn facility would have three reactors on the site at Moorside and be Europe‘s largest new nuclear power site.
It’s expected to to power around six million homes, accounting for around 7 per cent of the UK’s future electricity requirements.

NuGen, owned by Toshiba and GDF Suez, says the Moorside plant would help support the UK’s low carbon and energy security objectives and would create thousands of skilled jobs over the next decade.

A final investment decision on the development is due in 2018 and NuGen hopes construction will begin in 2020 with the first reactor up and running in 2024.