The Horizon joint venture of energy firms Eon and RWE has confirmed its first nuclear power station will be built at Wylfa on Anglesey.
The site has been selected ahead of Oldbury in Gloucestershire and if completed on schedule would start generating power in 2020.
It would become the third new nuclear station to be completed, following EdF’s Hinkley Point and Sizewell C stations which are expected to begin generating in 2017 and 2018.
EdF expects to submit its application for Hinkley Point C to the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) on 2 August. The Sizewell C application will follow on 1 June 2011.
Horizon aims to put in its Wylfa application in the first quarter of 2012 and its Oldbury application in the second quarter of 2014.
Horizon chief operating officer Alan Raymant said each development would create around 5,000 jobs during the construction period.
Horizon has yet to announce which reactor model it will use. It is currently assessing EdF’s EPR and Westinghouse’s AP1000.
Meanwhile, EdF has confirmed that planning applications for groundworks and a jetty to receive aggregate to the construction site at Hinkley Point have not yet been presented to West Somerset Council and the Department for Transport respectively. Approval for major works will be sought from the IPC.