On 24 June 2011, the UK government confirmed through its National Policy Statement, that NuGen’s site was suitable for a new nuclear power station. NuGen is now preparing detailed plans for developing the site, which will be submitted for consideration by the relevant planning authorities. These plans will be prepared in full consultation with the safety authorities and local stakeholders. On this basis, the expectation is that any new power station would be commissioned around 2024.
On 1 December 2011 NuGen announced that the name Moorside had been selected as the project name.
On 30 June 2014, NuGen welcomed confirmation that partnership agreements between Toshiba and ENGIE (formerly GDF SUEZ) have been finalised over the future shareholding in NuGeneration Ltd. This is positive news for NuGen staff, our stakeholders in West Cumbria and elsewhere, and for the prospects of the UK’s new nuclear build programme. The new shareholding will mean a joint venture between Toshiba and ENGIE (formerly GDF SUEZ), with Westinghouse Electric Company as a technology provider.
In August 2014, NuGen re-commenced site assessment work as the company continues to move forward with plans for its Moorside project in West Cumbria.
A series of site assessment surveys will be carried out through 2014 and into 2015 including geophysical surveys, geological age dating and some borehole drilling work.