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Government auctions three potential nuclear sites

Government efforts to get a new nuclear power station construction programme moving received a boost this week as three potential sites were put up for auction.

In a separate move, manufacturers were invited to bid for contracts to supply components for new nuclear reactors.

On Monday the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) invited online bids for plots of land next to existing facilities at Wylfa in Wales, Oldbury near Bristol and Bradwell in Essex.

Firms such as E.ON and RWE were thought to be among the bidders. Both have stated their intentions to build new nuclear plants but have yet to secure sites. Meanwhile, French nuclear reactor builder Areva invited British firms to supply up to 70% of the engineering components that will be used in its new UK plants.

Areva’s European Pressurised Reactor is one of two being evaluated by regulators. The firm held a conference for suppliers on Monday to illustrate the opportunities available.

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