EdF buys potential UK sites

12 May 2008

EdF Energy, the UK business of Electricité de France (EdF), has confirmed to World Nuclear News its purchase of land in the UK. The plots are located next to the existing nuclear power generation sites of Wylfa, on the Welsh island of Anglesey, and Hinkley Point in Somerset, England. The company recognised that existing nuclear sites - or land next to them - would be the most feasible for new nuclear plants in the time-constrained UK build program. EdF is also closely linked with possible bids for control of British Energy and its existing nuclear sites. A spokeswoman for BE told WNN that 9 May did not represent an 'official deadline' for bids on BE, and that news on the company's future would be announced through stock market mechanisms in due course. Nevertheless, observers expect an announcement imminently.