Horizon Nuclear Power, the joint venture between E.ON and RWE to build nuclear power plants in the UK, has said it will choose its preferred reactor design by the end of 2011.
Alan Raymant, chief operating officer for Horizon, said the company will pick either Areva's European Pressurized Water Reactor (EPR) or Westinghouse's AP1000 reactor design by the end of the year, reports Reuters. Horizon plans to build up to 6000 MW in new nuclear capacity at sites in Wylfa on Anglesey and Oldbury near Bristol, with the first reactor expected to start around 2020.
Raymont said Horizon would begin preplanning work at Wylfa in early 2012. He said the company hoped to make its site licence application in the second half of 2013.
Meanwhile, NuGeneration, a nuclear power consortium between Spain's Iberdrola French GDF Suez and Britain's Scottish and Southern Energy, is planning to make a final investment decision in 2015/16 on whether to build 3600 MW of new nuclear capacity in Britain, its chief controlling officer Rafael Jimenez said.