RWE npower has secured options to buy land at two sites in West Cumbria for possible nuclear power generation.
Both sites have coastal access and are currently farmland – one located in mid-Copeland near Sellafield and the other in south Copeland in the Millom area. The 3.6GW grid connection for the mid Copeland site would allow development of enough low carbon nuclear capacity to supply five million homes. A second grid connection offer for the southern site is expected in spring.
RWE npower says its priority is now to consult with local people before making any firm plans and has begun discussions with local representatives and groups.