Rolls-Royce said this week that it had been selected as the preferred nuclear technology provider for the newly formed Solway Community Power Company which plans to bring a small modular reactor system (SMR) to West Cumbria.
At a launch event hosted by Copeland MP, Trudy Harrison, the Chief Executive of Solway Community Power Company ltd, Paul Foster, laid out his plans to bring Rolls-Royce Small Modular Reactors (SMR) to West Cumbria, considered the UK’s nuclear heartland.
Rolls-Royce SMR CEO, Tom Samson, said: “We have prioritized a number of locations across England and Wales, including land close to the Sellafield Site, with the potential to deploy the first in a fleet of Rolls-Royce SMR power stations. By utilizing land owned by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) in West Cumbria and partnering with Solway, we put ourselves in the strongest possible position to bring new nuclear on stream as close to 2030 as possible."
“The formation of a UK nuclear developer, committed to bringing new nuclear to West Cumbria, is excellent news and I’m delighted they have chosen to deploy Rolls-Royce SMRs - the UK’s sovereign nuclear technology.”
"Nuclear is a core part of our identity and heritage in West Cumbria, and we have a huge opportunity now to create new opportunities through the deployment of the Rolls Royce SMR. It’s not only about the jobs and supply chains needed to build and run it, it’s also about the new investments and industry sectors we could attract to the region, with an energy surplus to offer," Foster said.
"The critical pieces already exist, such as land that could be suitable, interest from investors, and of course the modular solution from Rolls Royce SMR. Our job at Solway is to pull it all together - and we’ll be working closely with our community, who have an enduring stake in both its development and its decades of operation."
“This is an exciting day for Copeland, and the announcement of this vehicle to bring Rolls-Royce SMR to our area is a highly significant milestone," said MP Trudy Harrison.
"New nuclear power stations need to be on the bars with some urgency," said Harrison.
Each Rolls-Royce SMR will be factory built and capable of generating 470MW of electricity. Deploying a fleet of SMRs in the UK would create 40,000 jobs across England and Wales, Rolls-Royce said in a statement..
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