Toshiba boosts UK’s new nuclear programme

The Japanese firm is to buy a 60% stake in the NuGen consortium, which intends to open a new nuclear plant in Cumbria in 2024

Toshiba has become the latest Japanese company to enter the race to build new nuclear plants in the UK, following Hitachi.

On 15 January, it announced it will buy a 60% stake in the NuGen consortium, which intends to build a 3.4-gigawatt peak capacity nuclear plant north of Sellafield in Cumbria.

The project will use three of Westinghouse’s AP-1000 reactors. Westinghouse is a Toshiba subsidiary.

The French energy giant GDF Suez will hold the remaining 40% stake.

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