The UK government has named eight new sites as potentially suitable for the deployment of new nuclear power stations by 2025 in its final national policy statements on energy.
The new power plant sites, all of which are adjacent to existing nuclear sites, are: Bradwell, Essex; Hartlepool; Heysham, Lancashire; Hinkley Point, Somerset; Oldbury, south Gloucestershire; Sellafield, Cumbria; Sizewell, Suffolk; and Wylfa, Anglesey.
This announcement on the future of nuclear power in the UK comes despite safety concerns following the Japanese nuclear crisis caused by a devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.
The national policy statements form a key part of the UK government's plans to move to a low carbon future while protecting the security of the country's energy supplies.
The UK minister of state for energy Charles Hendry said these plans set out the country's energy need to help guide the planning process, so that if acceptable proposals come forward in appropriate places, they will not face unnecessary hold-ups.
The national policy statements on energy will shortly be set before the British parliament for approval.
Source: EBR Nuclear