Yesterday Charles Hendry, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, visited the oldest operating nuclear power station in Oldbury, Gloucestershire. The site is one of eight sites that have been listed as potentially suitable for a new reactor by the National Policy Statements.
Charles Hendry said: “Nuclear is a very important low carbon technology which can greatly enhance our energy security. We’re very keen indeed to hear from people in local communities across the country about the National Policy Statements before we come back with formal recommendations to put before Parliament in the Spring”
Mr Hendry heard from representatives from Horizon, a UK energy company developing a new generation of nuclear power stations, who indicated an interest in the site.
Horizon is a joint venture between E.ON UK and RWE npower. They aim to deliver around 6000 MW of new nuclear capacity to the UK by 2025 which will need more than £15 billion of investment.