GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) and Sheffield Forgemasters have agreed to cooperate in support of the potential deployment of the BWRX-300 small modular reactor (SMR) in the UK.
Through a memorandum of understanding GEH and Sheffield Forgemasters agree to discuss how the Sheffield-based company’s existing and future capabilities could help meet the potential demands of BWRX-300 deployment.
The government plans to increase nuclear power generation by 24GW, or 25% of expected demand, by 2050. Each BWRX-300 reactor provides 300MW of electricity, enough to meet the electricity demands of around 900 homes.
Seventy jobs are to be created at the Nuclear AMRC Midlands advanced manufacturing centre in Derby, it has been revealed.
Construction work on the 46,904 sq. ft facility at Infinity Park Derby (IPD) is said to be progressing to plan following a successful pilot scheme at the nearby iHub building.
The £20m centre has been designed by Stephen George + Partners (SGP) in conjunction with March Developments. It will comprise of two buildings – a 21,528 sq. ft manufacturing centre and a two-storey, 25,210 sq. ft office and welfare facility containing laboratories, testing and prototyping facilities.