Nuclear power capacity in the UK could rise by over 1GW per site by 2035.
Consultations have been started by the Government to identify suitable sites for single reactor sites which will produce over 1GW each.
Eight sites have been identified by existing National Policy Statements which includes: Hinkley Point C, Wylfa, Sellafield, Sizewell, Bradwell, Oldbury, Hartlepool and Heysham.
Local authorities, industry players, local residents and public bodies are expected to contribute their views on potential new sites.
A BEIS spokesperson stated: “The need for the UK to continue its efforts in transitioning to a low carbon electricity market is underlined by the 2015 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Paris Agreement.”
“The government is therefore of the view that new nuclear power is important in making the transition to a low carbon economy.”
“Therefore, it is important that there is a strong pipeline of new nuclear power to contribute to the UK’s energy mix and security of supply in the future.”