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RWE gets link for new nuclear plant

RWE npower has secured grid connection rights for a new nuclear power station at Wylfa in north Wales and acquired options to buy farmland close to the existing nuclear power station, the company said on Tuesday. REUTERS/File

LONDON (Reuters) - RWE npower has secured grid connection rights for a new nuclear power station at Wylfa in north Wales and acquired options to buy farmland close to the existing nuclear power station, the company said on Tuesday.

The UK arm of German utility RWE has been granted permission to feed 3.6 gigawatts of electricity into the national grid at the site on the island of Anglesey but will consult with local people before making any firm plans, the company 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,” RWE npower Chief Executive Andrew Duff said.

Duff called on the government to clear the way for investment in other types of generation to avoid a looming shortage of power plants before new nuclear plants are built.

“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,” he said.

“Without major investment in UK energy infrastructure over the coming years, the UK faces shortages in the approach to 2015.”

The government wants to replace ageing and state-built atomic energy facilities, like the Magnox power station at Wylfa which is due to close in 2010, with new nuclear reactors built and run by the private sector.

France’s EDF, the world’s biggest nuclear power operator which is already building a new plant in Flamanville, France, has said it plans up to four reactors in Britain.

EDF bought land near Wylfa early this year but has since said it would rather build at two sites owned by British Energy, a company it is in the process of buying.

Reporting by Daniel Fineren

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