NuGen begins the off-shore drilling phase of the Site Characterisation works

NuGen’s Site Characterisation work in support of the Moorside Project continues to make good progress with the first phase of the off-shore drilling set to get underway in the coming days.

The Site Characterisation work, which began on-shore in December, will inform the design and layout of the main Moorside Site and will support licensing, planning applications and other consents required to build the new nuclear power station close to the existing Sellafield nuclear complex.

The first phase of the off-shore drilling work involves drilling 11 boreholes into the seabed, and the collection and testing of geological samples. The first phase of drilling is due to be completed by the end of the summer, with a second phase of off-shore drilling expected to begin in spring/summer 2017.

The work will be carried out from a large off-shore rig, operated by our specialist contractor Fugro, which will be visible from the shore. The work will be carried out 24hrs, 7 days a week and will be supported by a number of vessels based in Whitehaven Harbour.

Project Manager for the Site Characterisation Work, Matt Waddicor, said: “The on-shore element of the work is progressing extremely well, with over a third of the boreholes complete.

“Commencing the off-shore drilling aspect of the work is an important milestone for the project. The information we collect during the investigations will help inform the various options available for the cooling water tunnels and Marine Off-loading Facility.”

NuGen’s second stage public consultation on proposals for the Moorside Project begins on May 14th. Details of how you can Have Your Say are available on the Consultation Website:



2017-02-11T21:37:13+00:00 28th April, 2016|News|