Energy firm secures new nuclear power grid connection

A leading power firm has secured a grid connection for a new nuclear power station and acquired options to buy farmland next to an existing nuclear site.

A leading power firm has secured a grid connection for a new nuclear power station and acquired options to buy farmland next to an existing nuclear site. 

npower said the grid connection at Anglesey in North Wales could see enough electricity generated to meet the needs of more than five million homes.

The firm, owned by German energy giant RWE, announced it also had options to buy land at Wylfa, close to the existing Magnox nuclear power station, which is due to close next year, but said it will consult with local residents before making any firm plans.

Andrew Duff, chief executive of npower, said: "We are serious and committed to progressing new nuclear options. Anglesey's nuclear heritage means it has great potential as a location for new nuclear build.

"A new station at Wylfa could deliver significant economic benefits to the area through direct investment, employment and supply chain opportunities. Transfer of skills, as the existing station is decommissioned and a new one constructed, could provide a real boost for the nuclear industry on Anglesey."

Duff also called on government and regulators to clear the way for investment in other forms of power generation across the UK, adding: "Nuclear energy can provide clean, secure and affordable electricity supplies in the mid- and long-term, but the country also needs early and significant investment in a diverse mix of power generation in order to reconcile climate targets and security of supply.

"There is an urgent need to bridge the energy gap opening up over the next five years as a result of the closure of older coal and nuclear stations.

"We are already committed to new modern gas power stations at Staythorpe in Nottinghamshire and Pembroke in west Wales, creating hundreds of permanent jobs and thousands during construction. We have commissioned a carbon capture and storage demonstration plant at Didcot, and are progressing the largest UK offshore wind programme at Greater Gabbard, Gwynt-y-mor and Rhyl Flats.

"Without major investment in UK energy infrastructure over the coming years, the UK faces shortages in the approach to 2015. With these proposed investments, RWE is demonstrating its willingness to play a major part in the renewal of the UK's power systems, if given the right investment and regulatory climate and government is supportive in its approach to the industry, policy and the energy market."

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