The site characterisation work for NuGen’s Moorside site continues to make good progress as the first operational facility comes online.

The work is a key element of the Moorside Project – informing the design and layout of Moorside and supporting licensing, planning applications and other consents required to build the new nuclear power station in West Cumbria.

The wastewater treatment facility – which will discharge groundwater arisings from drilling operations and Site Characterisation activities – started up on 18th February.

The onshore investigation work, which began in December, is already more than ten per cent complete and has made significant progress in a number of important areas.

The onshore investigation work, which began in December, is already more than ten per cent completeCompleted work includes:

  • Drilling 55 out of 350 boreholes completed
  • Over 2 kilometres of samples taken for analysis.

Matt Waddicor, NuGen’s project manager for the site characterisation work, said: “We’ve made some good progress on site, despite working in some challenging conditions during one of the wettest Cumbrian winters in recent years.

“As the weather improves, we are looking towards starting the offshore element of the investigation work which will provide more valuable information for the development of NuGen’s proposals for the Moorside Project.”