LONDON (Reuters) – Toshiba’s NuGen has minimize the workforce engaged on its British nuclear undertaking, to fewer than 40 individuals from greater than 100 as a sale of the undertaking is taking longer than anticipated, NuGen stated on Tuesday.
The plant in Moorside, north-west England, was anticipated to supply round 7 % of Britain’s electrical energy when constructed, however has confronted a number of setbacks after Toshiba’s nuclear arm Westinghouse went bankrupt final yr.
Following the Westinghouse chapter, NuGen three way partnership associate Engie pulled out of the undertaking, leaving the Japanese agency trying to find new buyers.
Toshiba put NuGen up on the market and Korea Electric Power Corp (KEPCO) expressed curiosity, however the course of has stalled.
“For over a year, Toshiba has pursued a sale of NuGen to KEPCO. Due to the prolonged time it has taken reach a conclusion, NuGen has undertaken a review of its size and scale,” a spokesman for NuGen stated in an emailed assertion.
NuGen stated it stays dedicated to delivering the Moorside undertaking and that the retained core workforce “will be focussed on securing a sale of the NuGen business and supporting Toshiba’s activities.”
Britain must spend money on new capability to exchange ageing coal and nuclear reactors which might be resulting from shut within the 2020s, however giant new vegetation have struggled to get off the bottom resulting from excessive prices and weak electrical energy costs.
Reporting by Susanna Twidale; modifying by Jason Neely and Louise Heavens