A LAND deal which is key to the building of a new nuclear power station near Bristol has been finalised.
Horizon, the company behind the massive scheme, said it had completed the purchase of land which was necessary for the project to be developed next to the existing Oldbury atomic plant, right, near Thornbury. It was bought from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority under terms agreed in a 2009 land auction.
Horizon wants to build two nuclear stations and is currently concentrating its efforts on its lead site at Wylfa on Anglesey in North Wales. There is still a long way to go before any permission is given for Oldbury – one of eight sites around the country considered suitable for such development by the Government – but Horizon eventually hopes to have both stations operating to produce low-carbon energy and provide thousands of jobs.
Horizon's chief operating officer, Alan Raymant, said: "Completion of our land purchase at Oldbury is another important step for our project and means we can look forward to developing a strong and successful project in South Gloucestershire. Wylfa is our lead site and, as we reach key milestones on the project over the coming months, we'll be able to share more information on our approach for Oldbury."
The proposal for Oldbury to create a much bigger plant than the current station has been met with opposition by some local people.