E.ON UK buys land near Oldbury nuclear plant

LONDON (Reuters) - E.ON UK EONG.DE has bought farmland near an old nuclear power station at Oldbury in Gloucestershire, a spokesman for the British arm of the German utility said on Friday.

“We’ve bought some land,” he said, declining to say how much was paid for it.

“Clearly this is one of the options that we have to build new plants in the UK but we’re certainly not about to put in a planning application.”

France's EDF EDF.PA said in May it had bought farmland next to two nuclear power plants in Britain in the hope that it can build new reactors at the sites.

E.ON has also said it would like to build nuclear power plants to help replace Britain’s ageing state-built nuclear power reactors.

But the spokesman denied buying the land at Oldbury meant the company was planning to build a reactor there, adding it could be used for other types of plants or sold on again.

All but one of Britain’s nuclear power plants are due to close by 2025 and new ones are expected to be sited next to the existing plants because link ups to the power network are already in place.

Reporting by Daniel Fineren; editing by Sue Thomas