American firm pens deal to support Sheffield's Nuclear AMRC


More than 100 engineering, manufacturing and construction firms from across the UK gathered for a supplier day at Sheffield's Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.

The day was hosted by US-based small modular reactor developer NuScale Power on July 13 and company representatives were on hand to speak to bosses of UK-based companies about their programme of work.

This comes as part of a long-term objective to build NuScale’s UK supply chain in preparation for potential deployment in the UK market.

Speakers at the event included key members of the NuScale executive team, as well as Fluor Limited, Ultra Electronics and the Nuclear AMRC.

NuScale Power also announced that it has become a formal supporting partner of the Nuclear AMRC, after collaborating with it informally since 2014.

John Hopkins, chairman of NuScale, said: "Our vision of seeing the NuScale SMR deployed in the UK can and will only be achieved in partnership with Britain’s renowned engineering and industrial base.

“The Nuclear AMRC is a true leader in the UK for developing the advanced manufacturing techniques that will help to further reduce the cost and schedule of fabricating major engineered equipment such as the NuScale power module."

Mike Tynan, chief executive officer of the Nuclear AMRC, said: "We are delighted to support NuScale Power in its drive to bring SMR technology to the UK.

"There is a real opportunity for the nation to develop lasting value from SMR technology developed and installed in the UK, and exported into the global civil nuclear market. We will work with NuScale Power to find innovative solutions for the potential manufacturing of its technology for the UK, and we are pleased to host NuScale’s first UK supplier day in the advanced manufacturing heartland of the Sheffield city region."