Plans for a third nuclear power station at Heysham in Lancashire have been put on ice.
French company EDF Energy has cancelled an agreement with the National Grid to set up any new connection to the grid from Heysham. The site was one of eight earmarked two years ago for a new generation of nuclear power stations. EDF Energy said all its plans for new stations will be focused on their sites at Sizewell and Hinkley Point. The company which operates two plants at Heysham said it had no plans to take the so called “Heysham 3” option. A company spokesman said: “It is important to note that our initial new build plans as a company remain focused at Hinkley Point and Sizewell.” He added: “This does not stop us from approaching National Grid for a similar connection offer for any planned future build at Heysham.”EDF had been obliged to sell land near one of its nuclear sites as part of European Commission competition rules.