The agreement follows the announcement of Hitachi’s acquisition of Horizon Nuclear Power.
Lawrie Haynes, Rolls-Royce, President – Nuclear said: “Rolls-Royce is delighted to have signed this important agreement to explore how it will support Hitachi in delivering new nuclear build in the UK. Hitachi is a recognised leader in the global nuclear industry and its acquisition of Horizon is a major step forward for the UK in securing its long term, low carbon energy needs.
“Hitachi has an impressive and proven track record in global nuclear new build which will complement the UK’s extensive nuclear skills and expertise base and provide a huge opportunity for Rolls-Royce and the UK supply chain to make a significant contribution to the delivery of this major infrastructure programme.”
Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will explore how Rolls-Royce can support Hitachi in the deployment of Advanced Boiling Water Reactor technology in the UK and internationally, through the provision of high value added manufacturing, engineering and technical services. It will also focus on the development of instrumentation and control opportunities both in the UK and overseas.
Rolls-Royce supports a number of key phases of the global nuclear programme, including providing advice to governments and operators, supply chain management, and manufacturing and technical engineering support. The Group also provides safety-critical instrumentation and control systems to reactors across 20 countries.