First power from a proposed new nuclear plant in Cumbria is now not expected until the end of 2025, a year later than had been planned, developer NuGen has said.
The new timescale for the Moorside plant, included within consultation documents published this weekend, follows the company “reassessing” the schedule for construction and “learning more about the delivery of the project”, a spokesman said.
He added that there were “elements of the project which are out of our control” such as securing financial support from the Government and then state aid clearance, and as a result NuGen believed it was “more appropriate to refer to the target date for Moorside Site delivering power as the mid-2020s.”
The delay is the second time the timescale of the proposed plant, originally slated to produce first power in 2023, has slipped.
NuGen plans to build three reactors with a combined capacity of up to 3.8 gigawatts at the site near Sellafield in west Cumbria, subject to a final investment decision in 2018.
While most attention has been focused on EDF’s planned Hinkley Point project, billed as the first new nuclear plant in a generation, NuGen had until now actually been expected online earlier than the much-delayed Somerset plant.