Rolls-Royce shortlists sites for first SMR factory

The first £200m factory will manufacture the ‘heavy vessels’ for SMR power stations.

A further two factories will manufacture civils modules and mechanical electrical and plumbing modules.

These will be transported to sites and assembled into a nuclear power station that will generate 470MW of low-carbon electricity.

Shortlist for heavy vessels factory

  • North East – IAMP Sunderland
  • Forrest Park Newton Aycliffe
  • North Yorkshire – Catterick 53, Richmond
  • Wales – Gateway, Deeside
  • Yorkshire – Ferrybridge
  • Greater Lincolnshire – Grimsby & Pioneer Park, Stallingborough
  • Cumbria – Kingmoor Park, Carlisle

The first factory will be the largest and most complex facility, necessitating an early to enable its deployment.

It is expected to be around 23,000 sq m in size, the equivalent of three football pitches and will create more than 200 permanent roles.

Construction will begin once Rolls-Royce SMR receives the go-ahead to build a fleet of SMRs in the UK.

Rolls-Royce SMR Chief Executive, Tom Samson, said: “The final location will come from the shortlist and will result in significant investment, long-term high-skilled jobs and will support the UK Government’s aspirations for levelling-up.

“Today’s announcement is another example of the pace of our project and why Rolls-Royce SMR is the UK’s domestic nuclear energy champion.”

Around 90% of the Rolls-Royce SMR design will be built in factory conditions significantly reducing the timescales and project risk.

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