Search the supply chain for an RR factory that could be built at Teesworks

Rolls Royce has already announced that it is leading a consortium to build “factory-built” Small Modular Reactor (SMR) power plants capable of producing 470 MW of low-carbon electricity – enough to power a million homes for at least 60 years.

A shortlist was drawn up in December, naming the International Advanced Manufacturing Park in Sunderland, Teesworks on Teesside and Gateway on Deeside as possible locations for the first factory.

It is understood Teesworks may be at the top of that list, but no decision has been made yet.

Now Rolls-Royce SMR has launched a supply chain portal to identify the best UK companies to work with to deliver the project through a new portal –

David White, Chief Operating Officer of Rolls-Royce SMR, said: “Rolls-Royce SMR has expressed its clear intention to maximize UK share and help build a supply chain that supports the Government’s plans to develop 24GW of new Nuclear energy supported until 2050.”

“Through the portal we aim to build new relationships with organizations offering products and services, and we help them understand the requirements they need to meet to become a Rolls-Royce SMR supplier.”

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “We continue to work hard to bring the SMR factory from Rolls-Royce to Teesworks as we have the right skills to successfully deliver this very exciting project.”

“Teesworks has now established itself as a great location for innovative net zero projects and this facility, which will help drive forward clean energy power stations, would be a fantastic fit.

“Large low-carbon projects in offshore wind, hydrogen and carbon capture and storage are taking shape and we are seeing further interest from investors looking to locate here and create more high-quality, well-paid jobs.

“The fact that such a well-known name like Rolls-Royce is focusing on our region is a clear sign of the progress we are making.”

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The project is already making good progress through the independent regulatory Generic Design Assessment (GDA) process to gain approval to operate their technology in the UK and Stephen Phipson, chief executive of manufacturer organization Make UK, said: “This is it. “It is vital that the Government immediately approves this program, which is part of the industrial strategy puzzle.”

Rolls-Royce SMR will use standard nuclear energy technology used in 400 reactors around the world.

Rolls-Royce’s SMR power plant will have the capacity to produce 470 MW of low-carbon energy, equivalent to more than 150 onshore wind turbines and enough to power one million homes. It will ensure consistent baseload generation for at least 60 years. Search the supply chain for an RR factory that could be built at Teesworks

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