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Artist's impressions of what the Moorside power plant might look like
Artist's impressions of what the Moorside power plant might look like
Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 5:53PM

CUMBRIA'S proposed nuclear new build has become a political issue - in South Korea.

A group of lawmakers in the Asian state are opposed to the Korea Electrical Power Corporation (Kepco) buying a stake in NuGen, which has plans for a new power plant at Moorside, near Sellafield.

The firm has said it is interested in buying into the project following financial troubles with majority shareholder Toshiba.

This objection comes because both of the politicians hoping to be South Korea's next president - Moon Jae-in and Ahn Cheol-soo - have both committed to close the country's own nuclear plants.

The Korea Times newspaper quoted this group as saying: "Kepco's move to participate in a foreign nuclear power plant project runs counter to the next administration's green energy policy."

Business Secretary Greg Clark visited South Korea this month to meet with potential Moorside investors.

He did not say if Kepco was one of these when he appeared in front of a parliamentary committee this week.

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