Nuclear energy will have to be used globally to meet the world’s growing energy needs and Britain must be part of that development.
That was the message from the Duke of York, opening the new Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and paying his fifth visit to the neighbouring Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, on South Yorkshire’s Advanced Manufacturing Park.
Prince Andrew told staff and guests: “It’s a great pleasure to be back here again and a real pleasure to open something that’s going to have serious and important consequences in the years to come.
“Something is going to have to be done to supply the huge increase in the amount of energy we need. There has to be some part of the energy sector delivering nuclear. It’s not just about the UK. Nuclear will be used globally.”
The Duke of York said that it would make a significant difference to Britain in the future if it didn’t build up its own civil nuclear manufacturing capabilities.
“We must deliver at least some part of the supply chain. The ability to harness the knowledge, skills and innovation of the UK in a facility like this is hugely important,” he said.
The Duke urged the country to capitalise on the intellectual ability of its engineering sector: “We need to take advantage of the intellectual capability of UK engineering. Engineering isn’t about getting dirty or smelly. It’s about excitement, it’s about innovation and inspiration.
“Above all it’s about giving people the opportunity to deliver solutions to so many of the 21st century’s problems,” he said.
He praised the skills of the young people training at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and Nuclear AMRC.
“I have met some very talented young people here today. Their skills are going to be in demand in the years to come. They are being taught in an environment where their skills will be transferable across the engineering community.
“I would like to wish them every success, and encourage other young people to consider a career in the wide range of engineering possibilities that this country can provide and wants to provide.”
Although it was the fifth time Prince Andrew has visited the AMRC, he made it clear that he expects to be back to see further developments on the Advanced Manufacturing Park.
“I think it’s inevitable that I’ll be back on another occasion,” he added.