RWE and E.ON – Germany’s leading power producers – remain among the six utilities planning to build reactors in the UK despite Germany’s nuclear phase-out, reports Bloomberg.

Their Horizon venture has secured two sites in Wales and the west of England with the goal of starting construction of the first reactor by 2015.

“We are still recruiting people and spending almost a million pounds ($1.54 million) every single week,” Volker Beckers, CEO of RWE’s UK Npower division, told Bloomberg’s London bureau.

Public support for nuclear in UK, along with a supportive political, commercial and social context, made the investment context attractive, he added.

A Populus poll of 2050 people conducted for the British Science Association in August found that 54 per cent back constructing new nuclear stations if that would help tackle climate change, while 61 per cent would if that would improve energy security.

Other companies considering building nuclear power stations in the UK include Electricite de France SA, Centrica Plc, Iberdrola SA and GDF Suez.

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