The government has launched a competition to find a partner to help bring “mini nuclear reactors” into the UK energy market. More than 16 firms are set to enter the Department of Energy and Climate Change competition, which aims to identify a preferred technology for Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) to be rolled out in a series of new power plants over the next 15 years. Companies expected to take part include NuScale, Westinghouse and Bechtel, which have already put their names forward as potential partners. The government will chose the best SMR design at the end of the competition. Companies have been given until 6 May to put forward their designs and business cases, with a decision on which companies will make the next round of the competition expected in the autumn.
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