Nuclear reactor agreement signed

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The day when factories are powered by their own small nuclear reactor can’t come soon enough for some, especially high energy users hit by high prices and a capacity crunch.

That future came a step closer when a Sheffield research centre signed a new agreement to work with a US developer.

The Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre will work with NuScale on a groundbreaking small modular reactor.

NuScale chief technology officer Dr Jose Reyes and executive vice president Tom Mundy visited the Nuclear AMRC, part of Sheffield University, to see how it could help develop the company’s reactor and reduce production costs.

NuScale’s Power Module is small enough to be transported on a lorry and features state-of-the-art safety systems.

NAMRC chief executive Mike Tynan, said: “Our discussions with NuScale Power are part of our continuing support to the diverse technology base for civil nuclear power in the UK.

“We look forward to the potential development of small reactor technology for the UK.”