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Fleet of 16 mini nuclear power stations could create 6,000 jobs within the next five years

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bristolpost- Plans to build a fleet of 16 mini nuclear power stations could create 6,000 jobs within the next five years.

Rolls-Royce, which is leading a consortium behind the plans, said the jobs would support the Government’s “levelling up” agenda, with up to 80 per cent of the components made in factories in the Midlands and the North, then delivered to existing nuclear sites.

Rolls Royce said the plans could deliver a further 34,000 roles within 15 years, most of which would be high value manufacturing jobs.

The power stations are built using standardised, factory-made components and advanced manufacturing processes which push down costs.

Rapid assembly of the modules will take place inside a weatherproof canopy at the power station site itself to speed up schedules.

The group – which also includes National Nuclear Laboratory and Laing O’Rourke – hopes to get a “clear commitment” from the Government for the flat-packed power station project.

The Government handed the coalition £18 million in match funding last year to design the small modular reactors (SMRs).

The consortium now needs to secure a further £217 million, which would also be matched by industry.

Tom Samson, interim chief executive of the consortium, said: “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.

“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.

“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.”

The jobs would be created across the joint venture – including manufacturing and assembly, as well as the supply chain that supports the programme and in the companies that will ultimately operate the power stations.