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German power firm announces intention to build two nuclear power stations in UK

German energy company Eon, owner of Powergen, has signalled its intention to build two new nuclear power stations in the UK by signing letters of intent with France's Areva and Germans Siemens.

The letters of intent envisage cooperation on the construction of Eon's new nuclear power stations in the UK. In this framework, Eon is to select the 1,600 MW advanced pressurised-water reactor EPR of Areva and the conventional island of Siemens to construct new nuclear power stations in the UK.

Eon has also agreed to collaborate on developing further Areva's SWR 1000, a cutting-edge boiling-water reactor in the range of 1,250 MW. Together with the EPR, this reactor is currently regarded as offering maximum safety for the use of nuclear power. Eon aims to use this model above all for its new power stations with an electricity-generating capacity in the intermediate capacity range. Eon will work with Siemens on the conventional island of this reactor.

The three companies also intend to collaborate on research and development. Part of this cooperation is the mutual exchange of experts to ensure that the common development work is as efficient as possible. In addition, Eon and Areva are entering into a long-term partnership in service and maintenance for existing and new nuclear power stations.

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