Plans to rollout out small modular reactors (SMR) as part of the Government’s revival of nuclear energy have taken a step forward.
Six companies’ designs have been chosen to progress in a competition supporting the development of the innovative technology.
The designs – from EDF, GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy International, Holtec Britain, NuScale Power, Rolls Royce SMR and Westinghouse Electric Company UK – are seen as the most able to deliver operational SMRs by the mid-2030s. The next stage of the process will be launched as soon as possible where successful companies will shortly be able to bid for government contracts.
Energy Security Secretary Claire Coutinho said: “SMRs will help the UK rapidly expand nuclear power and deliver cheaper, cleaner, and more secure energy for British families and businesses, create well-paid, high-skilled jobs, and grow the economy.
“This competition has attracted designs from around the world and puts the UK at the front of the global race to develop this exciting, cutting-edge technology and cement our position as a world leader in nuclear innovation.”