MINISTERS must “stop faffing,” trade union GMB said yesterday after the National Grid halted work on a transmission line for a new nuclear reactor.
National Grid said that it needs time to consider its plans to build a 102-mile power line connecting the proposed Moorside nuclear plant in Cumbria to the electricity transmission network.
The £10 billion project is supposed to deliver 7 per cent of Britain’s electricity from 2025 — but it has suffered a series of setbacks.
French firm Engie pulled out of backing the project last month after partner Toshiba announced multi-billion-dollar losses.
Toshiba’s US arm Westinghouse, which is producing the reactors for Moorside, went bust.
GMB national secretary Justin Bowden said: “GMB has repeatedly called for the government to stop faffing and step in, questioning why ensuring our crucial energy requirements continues to be exposed to the obvious risks arising out of passing the responsibly to foreign governments and foreign companies.
“The collapse of Toshiba spectacularly demonstrates why the UK should be in control of its own energy destiny.”