Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) is in talks to leave the NuGen consortium, which plans to build a nuclear power plant in the UK, as the company turns its focus to renewable energy, reports the Financial Times.

SSE has a 25 per cent stake in the NuGen consortium that it aims to sell to its existing partners, Iberdrola of Spain and GDF Suez of France, according to the newspaper’s sources.

The withdrawal of one of the UK’s two big utilities, and its second-biggest electricity generator, from the government’s nuclear new build programme could damage prospects for a new generation of reactors.

NuGen is one of three consortiums looking to build nuclear reactors in the UK, with plans for two, or possibly three, 1.6 GW reactors at Sellafield.

“A review of our involvement in new nuclear is currently under way. We expect to make an announcement shortly,” a spokesman for SSE told the Financial Times. Iberdrola and GDF Suez declined to comment.

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