The UK Government has released a list of 11 sites in England and Wales where new nuclear power stations may be built.

The government has given its initial approval to the sites following nominations by companies interested in building the power stations.

The sites were nominated by EDF, E.On and RWE, together with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), which owns the sites of the UK’s older generation of Magnox reactors, many of which are no longer in operation.

Nine of the locations have previously had nuclear reactors, and the other two are close to nuclear site Sellafield in Cumbria, England.

The NDA is currently auctioning land on these sites while a month-long public consultation period takes commences.

As part of its massive nuclear build programme, the government plans for the first reactors to be operational by 2018.

By staff writer.