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Government unveils 11 potential nuclear sites

A list of potential locations for new nuclear reactors has been unveiled by the Government.

While nine of the sites have previously been home to power stations, two others are close to Cumbria’s former Sellafield reactor site.

The sites have been nominated by the energy giants EDF, E.ON and RWE and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, which owns some nuclear sites, and have been initially approved by the Government.

The proposals form part of the Government’s plan to build a new generation of nuclear power stations to help close what has been described as a “generation gap” expected as existing nuclear and coal-fired stations shutdown.

The list of potential locations is: Dungeness in Kent; Sizewell in Suffolk; Hartlepool in Cleveland; Heysham in Lancashire; Sellafield in Cumbria; Braystones in Cumbria; Kirksanton in Cumbria; Wylfa Peninsula in Anglesey; Oldbury in Gloucestershire; Hinkley Point in Somerset and Bradwell in Essex.

None are in Scotland or Northern Ireland, where planning is a devolved issue. Members of the public are now being asked for their views during a month-long consultation period.

Institution of Civil Engineers head of policy Andrew Crudgington said: “This announcement of new nuclear sites is really great news and keeps us on what is a very tight track to replacing our ageing nuclear stations. The stark reality is we are facing a severe energy shortfall in the near future, and nuclear is a proven, low-carbon technology that will play a major part in ensuring the UK retains diversity of supply.”

He added: “Now the focus has to shift to delivery. The ICE will continue to work with the office for nuclear development to push the programme forward. 

“Time is running out and we must act swiftly to guarantee our energy supplies in the future”