MANCHESTER, England, June 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
NuGen, the UK new nuclear build developer, today (22 June) announced that Robert Armour has been appointed by the board as Deputy Chairman of the company.
Mr. Armour brings over 25 years' experience in the UK nuclear sector, having formerly been General Counsel and Corporate Affairs Director of British Energy Group, and, before that, Company Secretary and Legal Adviser at Scottish Nuclear.
Mr Armour was a pivotal member of the British Energy team during the government-backed restructuring of the company between 2002-2005, and instrumental in the turnaround of British Energy's nuclear performance.
Having been a board member of a UK nuclear licencee for over a decade and as a former member of the Civil Nuclear Police Authority, his experience will help the Board to develop the organisation of the company, and to position it with key external stakeholders, as it progresses the Moorside development.
Since 2010, Mr. Armour has been Senior Counsel in the London office of Gowlings, an international legal practice, advising on nuclear and wider energy matters. He is also a non-executive director of the Nuclear Liabilities Fund, Albion Community Power plc, and chair of Smarter Grid Solutions Ltd.
In 2013 Mr. Armour chaired the Expert Commission on Energy Regulation established by the Scottish Government looking at future regulatory models. Previously he was a director of Equiniti David Venus, a Board Governance consultancy, and chair of the Scottish Council for the Development of Industry (SCDI).
NuGen's Board warmly welcomed Mr. Armour's appointment. NuGen chairman Shigenori Shiga said: "We welcome Robert Armour to the NuGen team. His knowledge and expertise will be of great assistance as we move forward with our Moorside project in Cumbria."
Paul Rorive, member of the NuGen Board said: "We are very pleased to have Robert Armour in the NuGen team. He will be a valuable advocate for our programme given his prominence within the UK nuclear industry."
NuGen is building-up its UK nuclear expertise as the company moves forward with its Moorside project, with plans to deliver 3.4GW of new nuclear at the site adjacent to the Sellafield complex.
Notes to editors
NuGen is a UK nuclear company owned by Toshiba and ENGIE (formerly GDF SUEZ).
When fully operational, the planned Moorside reactors will have a combined capacity of 3.4 GW, enough to power up to six million homes. The first of the three Westinghouse AP1000 reactors is targeted to come online in 2024. NuGen's Moorside project will help support the UK Government's low carbon and energy security objectives at a time when existing power plants are retiring and low-carbon generation is required to meet national and international commitments.
Construction of the new reactors will create thousands of skilled jobs over the next decade, and the project is expected to significantly boost the local, regional and national economies, with a large portion of the development and construction programmes accessible to the UK supply chain.
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