Westinghouse has completed requirements at its Springfields facility near Preston in order to allow it to produce fuel for Small Modular Reactors (SMRs). The company views this as a key milestone towards the deployment of SMRs in the UK on which it is partnering with the Government.
The Government hopes that the UK can become a world leader in this technology which they believe has a bright future. To this end Chancellor, George Osbourne, announced further funding for SMRs in the Comprehensive Spending Review at the end of last year.
Mick Gornall, Managing Director of Westinghouse Springfields, said, “Manufacturing Westinghouse SMR fuel at Springfields will secure the future of a strategic national asset of nuclear fuel manufacturing capability and safeguard highly skilled and highly paid UK jobs – something that no other SMR technology provider currently offers.”
Speaking about the milestone, Jeff Benjamin, Senior Vice President, New Plants and Major Projects, said, “Our program is mature and ready to support the global SMR market, as evidenced by our ability to integrate bona fide reactor and fuel technology for the Westinghouse SMR program, which has been proposed for the UK government.”