Jan 23, 2022

Rolls-Royce seeks bids for site to make small nuclear power plants

Rolls-Royce, the UK aero-engine maker, has launched a competition between regions in England and Wales to be the location of the main factory to build a planned fleet of small nuclear reactors. Under the plans, the reactors will be built in factories around the country and then assembled on site, reducing the risks and huge costs of construction of big nuclear power plants. The reactors themselves will be installed at existing nuclear sites in Britain. Alongside the site selection, the companies are putting their SMR design through the UK's rigorous nuclear regulatory regime, a process that is expected to take up to four years. The consortium, Rolls-Royce Small Modular Reactor, said the "Development and growth of a UK nuclear manufacturing base is core to the deployment of Rolls-Royce SMRs". The department for business said the programme "Supports government objectives to provide further optionality in our work towards the UK's net zero ambitions".

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