Altrad are one of the 15 UK leading companies supporting clean energy programmes, who have come together with the trade unions to develop plans for a Clean Energy Hub based at Moorside in Cumbria.
At the centre of the Hub’s plans is a proposal for a package of nuclear projects at Moorside, including a new 3.2 GW UK EPR power station, small modular reactors (SMRs) and advanced modular reactors (AMRs). Co-locating future technologies alongside UK EPR technology – with its established, UK approved design – will bring together a range of skills, experience and industry knowledge at one site. This will enable a project to start quickly and help to bring forward the development of SMRs and AMRs.
Several of the companies in the Hub including Altrad, are involved in the construction of Hinkley Point C in Somerset where the project has already created 10,000 jobs and more than £1.7bn has already been spent in the local economy. Many of this UK nuclear team are involved in Sizewell C, the Development Consent Order for which was recently accepted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate. Work on Sizewell C has shown that the design of Hinkley Point C can be replicated in different ground conditions, and that that the power station can offer low carbon heat as well as electricity.
By linking the nuclear plants to other energy technologies, such as renewables and green hydrogen, the members aim to create an integrated Clean Energy Hub for the North West. The Hub hopes to capitalise on the region’s existing nuclear supply chain and could boost orders for hundreds of companies and create thousands of jobs.
The Hub will explore ways of providing clean heat to industry. The Clean Energy Hub could also become a centre for producing hydrogen to be used as green fuel for local transport and industrial processes.
Paudie Somers, CEO of Altrad Services said: “We are delighted to be supporting the plans for a Clean Energy Hub based at Moorside in Cumbria and look forward to using our skills and expertise, to contribute towards a facility, which will provide low carbon electricity and heat for the benefit of the local community.”