Bradwell site will be sold off for new build in line with government agreement

EDF Energy has announced the beginning of a sale process for potentially suitable land for nuclear new build at its site in Bradwell, Essex.

The company is inviting credible nuclear operators to come forward with expressions of interest in the site as part of the first stage of the sale process.

The sale process forms part of an agreement made with the UK government following EDF Energy’s acquisition of British Energy.

Any sale agreed will be conditional on EDF obtaining planning permission for two European Pressurised water reactors (EPR) at its site in Sizewell.

Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson, managing director of nuclear new build for EDF Energy, said: “We believe the site at Bradwell which was named in the government’s recently published draft Nuclear National Policy Statement, has good potential for new build and will be attractive to potential developers of nuclear power plants.

“EDF Energy has long indicated that we would like to build our four EPRs at Sizewell and Hinkley Point, with the first operational by the end of 2017. This sale process goes hand in hand with our plans and the industry’s wider objectives in seeking to help address the country’s long-term energy issues.”