British industrial Rolls-Royce SMR said it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Czech nuclear engineering and manufacturing firm Škoda JS to work towards small modular reactor plants both in and beyond the Czech Republic.
"The MOU presents an opportunity to explore areas of collaboration for the Rolls-Royce SMR plant, for deployment both in the Czech Republic and broader central European regions," Rolls Royce said.
Škoda JS has specialized in the production of pressurized water reactors (PWR) and critical components including reactor pressure vessels (RPVs), RPV internals, control rod drive mechanisms (CRDMs) and safety control systems for over 60 years. Their work extends to broader engineering design, calculation and analytical support services.
The Rolls-Royce SMR model is centered on a 470 MWe design that is expected to safely operate for 60 years. According to the World Nuclear Association, 90 percent of the reactor will be factory-made. This hints at the immediate advantages of a small nuclear plant: Cheaper and faster construction; more versatile deployment and faster decommissioning when time comes.
The Rolls Royce design is under review at UK's Office for Nuclear Regulation.
Under the MoU, both companies will work together to understand how the world-class capabilities Škoda JS possess, in areas of nuclear engineering and manufacturing, can support the efficient deployment of Rolls-Royce SMR power plants across Europe.
Alan Woods, Business Development and Strategy Director says “As a factory manufactured product - with 90 percent of the entire Rolls-Royce SMR power plant built in factory conditions - having the right partners in key locations around the World is an important aspect of our international delivery model.
“We see a tremendous opportunity to develop International strategic supply chain partners from whom we can benefit from their decades of ongoing manufacturing knowledge. We are pleased to be discussing these opportunities with such a capable supplier as Škoda JS”.
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