Rolls-Royce SMR has announced a list of potential locations for its first factory.
This is the first of three factories and will manufacture the ‘heavy vessels’ for its Small Modular Reactor power station.
This is the largest and most complex facility, therefore, it is important to take decisions early to enable its deployment.
Neil McIntyre, Managing Director at Kingmoor Park in Carlisle, said: “Cumbria has an incredible nuclear legacy and we’re really excited about our region being at the forefront of nuclear innovation.
“The Rolls Royce SMR team has been actively exploring locations in Cumbria for their first, revolutionary power plant.
“It’s another positive step that Kingmoor Park in Carlisle is also now in the running to host the factory where the main components for the power stations will be manufactured.
“Securing this development would bring investment and more highly-skilled jobs to Cumbria, complementing the existing nuclear centre of excellence.
“It’s further evidence that clean energy generation will be a major part of Cumbria’s economic success in the decades to come. We’ll continue to put forward the best case we can to bring this facility to Carlisle.”
Construction will begin once Rolls-Royce SMR receives the go-ahead to build a fleet of Small Modular Reactors in the UK.
The shortlist was selected against a clear set of criteria, picked from over 100 submissions from Local Enterprise Partnerships and development agencies, suggesting sites across the UK where the Rolls-Royce SMR factories could be located.
The locations of the final shortlisted sites are:
- North East – IAMP Sunderland
- Forrest Park Newton Aycliffe
- North Yorkshire – Catterick 53, Richmond
- Wales – Gateway, Deeside
- Yorkshire – Ferrybridge
- Greater Lincolnshire – Grimsby & Pioneer Park, Stallingborough
- Cumbria – Kingmoor Park, Carlisle
Rolls-Royce SMR Chief Executive, Tom Samson, said: “I would like to thank everyone who sent in a submission suggesting locations in their region for the first Rolls-Royce SMR factory.
“The response was fantastic and shows the ambition and appetite of the UK to build and operate a fleet of Small Modular Reactors which will provide affordable, low-carbon electricity for generations to come.
“The final location will come from the shortlist and will result in significant investment, long-term high-skilled jobs and will support the UK Government’s aspirations for levelling-up.
“Today’s announcement is another example of the pace of our project and why Rolls-Royce SMR is the UK’s domestic nuclear energy champion.”
Rolls-Royce Small Modular Reactors approach is a completely different way of building nuclear power stations, where 90 percent of the Rolls-Royce SMR built in factory conditions significantly reducing the timescales and project risk.
The other two factories will manufacture civils modules and mechanical electrical and plumbing (MEP) modules, which will be transported to sites and assembled into a nuclear power station that will generate 470MW of low-carbon electricity.
These locations will be selected from the full list of submissions, giving all locations further opportunities to host a Rolls-Royce SMR factory.
Secretary of State for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, said: “This is fantastic news for Sunderland, North Yorkshire, Deeside, Lincolnshire and Carlisle which, if these SMRs go ahead, could be at the forefront of manufacturing components for this British-made tech.
“Backed by £210m, SMRs have the potential to provide quicker and cheaper low-carbon nuclear power, and today’s announcement underlines the potential for new jobs around the country created by embracing this new technology.”