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Rolls Royce to create 6,000 UK nuclear jobs



Rolls Royce are leading a consortium of high profile firms that plan to build 16 mini nuclear power stations in the UK over the next five years, creating 6,000 direct jobs locally.

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The consortium includes the National Nuclear Laboratory and construction company Laing O’Rourke. Together they are seeking to support the government’s “levelling up” agenda, which aims to create opportunities and economic boost to underperforming parts of the country. 

 In order to do that the consortium say that they plan to have up to 80% of the components for the nuclear projects manufactured in factories across the Midlands and the North of England. The modular-style construction will allow most parts to be crafted offsite and then transported for rapid assembly in different parts of the country. 

The consortium are seeking a “clear commitment” from the government for £217 million to fund the project, which will be matched by the industry. They already received £18 million last year, which was matched by the consortium, to design the small modular reactors (SMR). 

Following the initial 6,000 jobs that could by created by 2025, the nuclear power plant plans could deliver a further 34,000 roles in 15 years, most of which would by high value manufacturing jobs. 

They also hope to create an export potential of £250 billion by 2050, with two new agreements sealed in the past week with US power company Exelon Generation and Czech firm CEZ. 

"This creates a unique opportunity to revitalise the UK's industrial base and paves the way for the future commercialisation of advanced reactor solutions, including fusion technology,” said Tom Samson, interim chief executive.

"Our ambition to accelerate the deployment of a fleet these power stations across the UK will contribute massively to the 'levelling up' agenda, creating sustainable high value manufacturing jobs in those areas most in need of economic activity."

He added: "The fleet approach will bring huge value to the communities of which these power stations will be a part, with economic activity spanning 60 years of operations."

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Look like feature mini nuclear power plant is work. but what sizes
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