NDA sells nuclear land

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has sold 470 acres north of the existing site at Sellafield in Cumbria to a consortium formed earlier this year by Iberdrola, GDF Suez, and Scottish and Southern Energy.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has sold 470 acres north of the existing nuclear power station at Sellafield in Cumbria to a consortium formed earlier this year by Iberdrola, GDF Suez and Scottish and Southern Energy.

The consortium will now perform detailed site investigations to determine the exact location for its 3.6GW nuclear power station, which it hopes to start building in 2015 and then apply for the necessary planning and licensing permissions. Land surplus to requirements will be returned to the NDA.

Added to EDF Energy’s firm plans to build a 6.4GW plant and RWE/E.ON’s plans for a further 6GW, this takes the total declared plans for the first phase of nuclear build to 16GW.

The new site, purchased for £70m, follows previous sales of NDA land at Wylfa, Oldbury and Bradwell.

John Clarke, NDA commercial director said: ‘The sale of this land is a significant milestone in our asset-disposal programme and follows on from the successful sale of land at three of our sites earlier this year. The £450m generated from these sales will be used to support the NDA’s clean-up mission.’