Guests at a reception held in Manchester Town Hall heard that NuGen’s Moorside Nuclear Power Station “will be the engine of the Northern Powerhouse”.
Sir Howard Bernstein, Chief Executive of Manchester City Council, welcomed guests to the reception to mark NuGen’s first board meeting in Manchester.
The company, which has plans to build the UK’s largest new nuclear power station at Moorside in West Cumbria, held the “Powering The North” reception to mark their move to Manchester and the recently-announced expansion at their landmark Piccadilly Place headquarters – where the current workforce of more than 150 people are based.
Sir Howard welcomed NuGen to Manchester and wished them well with the Moorside Project. NuGen, a joint venture between Toshiba and ENGIE (formerly GDF SUEZ), plans to build three reactors on the Moorside site – which will supply the UK with seven per-cent of its electricity.
NuGen’s chairman, Shigenori Shiga, flew in from Japan for the event and was joined by industry and community leaders from West Cumbria and Manchester – along with agencies including the CBI and Manchester’s inward investment agency, MIDAS.
NuGen’s Chief Executive officer, Tom Samson, said: “Moorside will provide up to 3.6GW of low-carbon electricity from a sustainable and secure source for decades to come.
“The development phase of the Moorside Project is being run from our offices at 3 Piccadilly Place in Manchester – building the power station in West Cumbria will create up to 21,000 jobs throughout the lifetime of the project, providing an ‘Olympic scale’ opportunity for the region and its supply chain.”
Urban Splash entrepreneur, Tom Bloxham MBE, spoke about his own regeneration work, Manchester’s resurgence on a world-stage and the city’s importance to the Northern Powerhouse. He also spoke about the potential to transform the communities close to the Moorside Site and to leave a positive lasting legacy.