NuGen (a BECBC member) is close to finalising plans for a 10-week consultation, due to start mid- May, aimed at giving people the opportunity to have their say on the proposals for Moorside.
The company wants a thorough engagement with as many stakeholders as possible, as it focuses on plans to build three AP1000® reactors on land to the north and west of the Sellafield complex.
Details of how the company will connect with people throughout Cumbria and involve them in the project will be outlined in a ‘Statement of Community Consultation’ (SoCC), which is currently out for review with the local authorities and is due to be published mid-April.
NuGen has also begun an intensive programme of meetings with key technical and planning representatives, to help them understand more about the Moorside Project and identify any potential issues. The Moorside Technical Group - a working group made up of more than 50 representatives from technical agencies and subject matter experts in the region - was launched at a meeting in Whitehaven on 11 March.
A NuGen spokesman said the company would be working to get communities involved in the consultation.
“A successful consultation will show people from all walks of life have become engaged with the Moorside Project, and have had a chance to comment on our early proposals.”
This will be a chance for us to communicate further details about our project, and for people to register with us to find out more, and to help shape our thinking.”
Results of the consultation will be analysed – and NuGen intends to follow this up with a more detailed and developed second-stage consultation a year later, in May 2016.