Deeside named by Rolls-Royce SMR as potential site for factory

DEESIDE has been selected by Rolls-Royce SMR as a potential location for its first factory.

It is the first of three factories and will manufacture the “heavy craft” for its Small Modular Reactor (SMR) power plant.

Construction will begin once Rolls-Royce SMR is given the green light to build a fleet of SMRs in the UK.

The shortlist was selected based on a clear set of criteria, chosen from over 100 submissions from Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and development agencies – suggesting sites across the UK where factories Rolls-Royce SMR could be located.

It would see the creation of more than 200 permanent jobs for the region in addition to an estimated value of £100-200 million for the region.

Other proposed locations for the plant include the North East, Richmond in North Yorkshire, Ferrybridge in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Carlisle.

Rolls-Royce SMR chief executive Tom Samson said he had a “fantastic” response to calls for suggestions on the location of the site, which showed “the UK’s ambition and appetite for reactors that would “provide affordable, low-cost products.” carbon electricity for generations to come.

He added: ‘The final location will come from the shortlist and will lead to significant investment, long-term high-skilled jobs and support the UK government’s aspirations to level up. Today’s announcement is another example of the pace of our project and why Rolls-Royce SMR is the UK’s National Nuclear Power Champion.

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The plant is expected to have an area of ​​approximately 23,000 square meters, which is equivalent to three football fields.

The other two plants will manufacture civilian modules and mechanical-electrical-plumbing (MEP) modules – which will be transported to sites and assembled in a nuclear power plant that will produce 470 MW of low-carbon electricity. These locations will be selected from the full list of applicants, 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 who, if these SMRs move forward, could be at the forefront of component manufacturing. for this British made technology.

“Backed by £210million, SMRs have the potential to deliver faster and cheaper low-carbon nuclear power, and today’s announcement underscores the potential for new jobs being created across the country. by adopting this new technology.”

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