British Energy looks south for reactors

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British Energy has said that it will build its new nuclear energy plants in the south of England - and claims that its partners for the £5 billion project will be selected by March.

The firm is planning to build two new plants next to existing sites, and so far has held talks with ten different energy firms over the provision of co-funding and co-managing the projects.

Centrica, the largest energy supplier in the UK, is one company to have held discussions with British Energy, it has emerged.

Bill Coley, chief executive at British Energy, said that the company was looking at building in the south of England - as a result of the higher demand for energy around London and the south-east.

"If you look at the need for new capacity at the southern end of the UK or towards the London area, you have a greater load centre and a need for capacity first," Mr Coley commented.

"Public opinion is another consideration, and we have very supportive communities in each of the areas around our existing sites in the south."

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