Westinghouse has stepped up its efforts to demonstrate its capabilities to build small modular reactors (SMRs) in the UK. It has presented its plans to the Springfields Site Stakeholder Group (SSG) at the company’s Springfields site. The stakeholder group consists of council members, regulators, local interest groups’ representatives and local residents and is an important partner to Westinghouse. It has also been strongly backed by MP for Fylde (which includes the Springfields site) Mark Menzies who has raised the issue with the Government.
Mr Menzies said, “I have written a letter of support to the Chancellor of the Exchequer regarding Westinghouse’s proposal to produce Small Modular Reactors for the UK market, as supporting highly skilled home-grown jobs and skills, whilst providing significant supply chain opportunities is at the heart of the company’s plan. I am pleased to see the company engaging with stakeholders as part of the process as their feedback will be essential moving forward with the proposal.”
For Westinghouse UK Director responsible for SMRs, Simon Marshall said, “Our stakeholders are an important part of the success of Westinghouse’s SMR offering to the UK Government, with valuable opinions. The recent Nuclear AMRC study into the Westinghouse Small Modular Reactor strengthens this offering, finding that the Westinghouse design provides the ability to source locally the steel and forge, machine and then assemble all of the Reactor Pressure Vessel (RPV), one of the most demanding parts of any reactor.”