NuGen's Moorside Project aims to develop the Moorside Power Station which, on completion, will be capable of generating up to 3.6GW of power and supplying up to 3.4GW of electricity to the national electricity network – providing around seven per cent of the UK's current electricity needs enough to power six million homes from a low carbon energy source.
The Moorside Project also includes on and off-site 'Associated Development', which is development associated with the Moorside Power Station, including off-site construction-worker accommodation and transport infrastructure work. This Associated Development will take place on land within the Moorside Search Area and at other Search Area locations in Cumbria.
The Moorside Project is a nationally significant infrastructure project and will require a number of consents before construction and operation can begin.
A Development Consent Order (DCO) application, which is a consenting process specifically for nationally significant infrastructure projects like ours, will be submitted in 2017 under the Planning Act 2008. This process requires prior consultation to be undertaken before submission of a DCO, and this consultation is the first of NuGen's two stages of consultation before submitting a DCO in 2017.
A key part of our strategy for delivering the Moorside Project is the use of sea and rail transport, to minimise road use. We propose building temporary worker accommodation, with transport interchanges for rail and / or coach transfers, on appropriate sites close to the Moorside Search Area. Four Search Areas have been identified at:
For Associated Development needed by NuGen during the construction phase but not during the operational phase, we will (where possible) promote alternative permanent uses for the land, infrastructure and buildings. The potential for legacy benefits forms a central part of our strategy to provide lasting benefits for the local community.
NuGen is committed to investing in Cumbria, and delivering lasting benefits for Cumbria.
Further information on the Project can be found at Nugen Consultation