NuScale looks to build UK SMR supply chain

NuScale Power the US nuclear Small Modular Reactor (SMR) technology developer will be holding a Supplier Day in Sheffield this summer to give UK based nuclear engineering, manufacturing and construction companies the opportunity to meet NuScale representatives and learn about the company’s programme of 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 market.

The company is keen to develop lasting relationships with UK based 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 (the majority investor in NuScale), Ultra Electronics (who are also a partner in NuScale) 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 as it is close to submitting a Design Certification Application to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission later this year.  The first NuScale facility is planned to be in operation in 2024 in the state of Idaho.

NuScale’s UK Supplier Day will take place on 13 July 2016 at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, part of the University of Sheffield. Any potential suppliers who would like more information, should contact Matthew Dolman on +44 20 7593 4000 or uksupplierday2016@nuscalepower.com