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The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Nuclear Energy report, Made in Britain: The Pathway to a Nuclear Renaissance, says multiple small modular reactor (SMR) units should be ordered to justify firms' investment in UK production facilities - and calls for Wylfa in North Wales to be backed within the next year as the next large-scale plant. 

Date: Saturday, 18 November 2023
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Company says response to search was ‘fantastic’ and shows ‘ambition and appetite’ The reactors could be providing power to the UK’s national grid by 2029. Courtesy Rolls-Royce. Rolls-Royce SMR has announced a list of potential locations for its first small modular reactor factory in the UK.

The factory will be the first of three and will be responsible for the manufacture of the heavy vessels for the engineering company’s SMR power plant.

Rolls-Royce said the planned factory will be the largest and most complex facility of the three and “it is important to take decisions early to enable its deployment”. Construction will begin once Rolls-Royce SMR receives the go-ahead to build a fleet of SMRs in the UK.

The shortlist was picked from over 100 submissions. The shortlisted sites are: Sunderland, Richmond in North Yorkshire, Deeside in Wales, Ferrybridge in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Carlisle.

Date: Tuesday, 05 July 2022
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The UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and Cwmni Egino have announced they will work together on proposals for the siting of a new nuclear development at Trawsfynydd in Wales.

Date: Wednesday, 25 May 2022
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SMR developer Rolls-Royce welcomes decision as ‘key milestone’ Trawsfynydd in North Wales is home to a two-unit Magnox nuclear station which is being decommissioned. Rolls-Royce has welcomed an announcement that the UK will work on proposals for the siting of a new nuclear development at Trawsfynydd, North Wales, hailing the decision as “a key milestone” as the company seeks opportunities for deployment of its small modular reactor technology.

Rolls-Royce SMR’s chief executive, Tom Samson, said identifying sites is a key milestone and this location offers existing grid connection, infrastructure, access to a highly skilled workforce and strong relationships with a supportive engaged community.

“The land around the Magnox site at Trawsfynydd has great potential for small modular reactors,” Mr Samson said.

Earlier, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and Cwmni Egino announced they will work together on the proposals, which will not be limited to SMRs.

Date: Saturday, 21 May 2022
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The chairman of Rolls-Royce SMR, Paul Stein, has told the Reuters news agency he hopes to get regulatory approval for its small modular reactor (SMR) design by mid-2024, with grid power able to be produced by 2029.

Date: Wednesday, 20 April 2022
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