NuScale launches UK supplier day
NuScale Power will be holding a Supplier Day in Sheffield to give UK-based nuclear engineering, manufacturing and construction companies the opportunity to meet NuScale representatives and learn about the company’s 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.
The leading US nuclear Small Modular Reactor (SMR) technology developer is keen to develop lasting relationships with UK suppliers, small and large, from straight supply to build-to-print to strategic partnerships. Potential suppliers are being invited to participate in a day of presentations, workshops and one-to-one meetings designed to inform them of the company’s plans for the UK market and how they can become involved in NuScale’s programme.
Speakers will include key members of the NuScale executive team, as well as Fluor Limited, Ultra Electronics and the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.
The event underlines NuScale’s ambition to work in partnership with UK-based industry as the company continues to expand its presence. It is also participating in the UK Government’s recently announced competition to choose the best value SMR, aimed at seeing SMRs deployed in the UK in the 2020s.
NuScale Power’s Managing Director for the UK and Europe Tom Mundy said: “NuScale’s presence in the UK is growing. Our primary investor Fluor has a longstanding involvement and substantial workforce here and our partners, such as Ultra Electronics, also embody the world-renowned quality of the UK’s offering.
“Our ambition is to involve UK-based companies right across the supply chain, and that’s what our Supplier Day is all about. Conversations we start in the next few months will lay the groundwork for building up our UK supplier base as we head towards developing a capability to be able to deploy in the UK in the 2020s.”
NuScale has spent three years building a presence in the UK and is confident in the British nuclear industry’s capability to deliver on the vision of a multi-billion pound manufacturing and infrastructure venture, which could see NuScale Power Modules manufactured in the UK, deployed in the UK, and exported across Europe, bringing major benefits to the UK in terms of jobs, economic growth, and intellectual property rights.
This builds on activities in the United States where NuScale is at an advanced stage of development compared to its nearest competitors. NuScale is the only SMR developer to be currently receiving US Department of Energy match funding ($217 million over 5 years), the only SMR developer to be close to submitting a Design Certification Application to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (this will happen later this year), and the only US SMR developer to have an active customer deployment project. The first NuScale facility is planned to be in operation in 2024 in the state of Idaho.