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Spain's Iberdrola eyes EDF's nuclear land in UK

LONDON, May 21 (Reuters) - Iberdrola IBE.MC is interested in buying land owned by EDF Energy EDF.PA which could be used to build new nuclear power plants in England, a spokesman for the Spanish power company said on Thursday.

EDF Energy invited expressions of interest in early May from nuclear power plant operators interested in buying land nears its Dungeness nuclear power plant in Kent or Heysham facility in Lancashire.

“We definitely are in the process, and the process involves the sale of Dungeness and Heysham, as well as other possible options involving the 11 sites identified by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority,” the spokesman said.

A consortium of Iberdrola, France's GDF Suez GSZ.PA and Scottish & Southern Energy SSE.L did not buy any land at other nuclear power sites sold at auction by the NDA last month, after being outbid by other European utilities. [ID:nLT011202]

But Iberdrola said it was still keen to build reactors at other sites being considered by the government for new nuclear power plants to be built. [ID:nLF25610] [ID:nLF060304]

SSE also reiterated its interested in building nuclear plants in Britain on Thursday. [ID:nLL703780]

EDF only wants to sell land at one of the two sites and the power stations will remain in EDF’s hands.

EDF bought the two power stations as part of its takeover of British Energy in January but has said it wants to build its first four UK reactors at Sizewell in Suffolk and Hinkley Point in southwest England, with the first expected to begin generating low-carbon power by the end of 2017. (Reporting by Daniel Fineren in London and Martin Roberts in Madrid, editing by Anthony Barker)