EON-RWE have land needed for nuclear plans

LONDON (Reuters) - German utilities EON and RWE have bought all the land they need to build the 6 gigawatts of nuclear power plants they plan for Britain, the head of EON UK said on Wednesday.

EDF Energy invited expressions of interest in buying land which could be used to build new nuclear power plants near its Dungeness nuclear power plant in Kent or Heysham power station in Lancashire.

But the EON-RWE joint venture seems unlikely to bid after buying land at auction at Wylfa in Wales and Oldbury in south west England in late April.

“We have set targets for ourselves of up to six gigawatts and we have the sites that will deliver us that capacity,” Golby told reporters on the sidelines of a nuclear energy conference in London.

“We are happy with where we are,” he added.

The government wants a variety of private companies to build enough new plants to replace old state-built reactors and Europe’s biggest utilities are lining up to do it.

The world’s largest nuclear power generator EDF said in May it would only consider bids from operators of existing nuclear power plants.

Reporting by Daniel Fineren