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French firm could build Wylfa B

French nuclear group Areva confirms it has made an early declaration of interest in building new reactors in the UK - which could include a replacement for the existing Wylfa plant on Anglesey.

Fresh hope for 'Wylfa B' as Areva expresses interest

A French company has confirmed it is interested in taking over the Horizon scheme, that had been expected to lead to the development of a 'Wylfa B' nuclear power station on Anglesey.

Horizon owners E.on and RWE npower withdrew in March, citing cost overruns in other projects in Europe.

The news came as blow to the island, since the project was due to lead to the creation of 5,000 during its construction.

Nuclear group Areva has responded to a report in the Financial Times, stating it now plans to bid for Horizon venture, which also includes a site at Oldbury in Gloucestershire

Areva Chief Executive Luc Oursel told the paper that the bid would probablybe a partnership with a Chinese power company.

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