Toshiba pulls plug on Moorside
On 8th November, Toshiba made the decision to close down the NUGEN operation. They have been trying to find another contractor to take over the construction of Moorside, but negotiations have all failed. This appears to be mainly due to the lack of sufficient subsidy from government.
The government was severely criticised for the high level of support promised to the Hinkley Point project, and is not prepared to offer the same for future power station projects.
It therefore seems unlikely that the Moorside project will ever go ahead, and the National Grid connection project therefore will no longer be necessary.
Power Without Pylons has never opposed Moorside, but we are obviously pleased that the threat of giant pylons around the Duddon Estuary has now receded.
If the project is ever revived, and giant pylons again threaten our wonderful landscape, we will still be here to oppose them.