The UK government has launched the initial phase of its small modular reactor (SMR) competition with a call for initial expressions of interest. It has also announced that an SMR Delivery Roadmap will be published later this year. Last November, the government announced plans to invest at least £250 million ($352 million) over the next five years in an “ambitious” nuclear research and development program to include a competition to identify the best value SMR design for the UK. In his 2016 Budget speech on 16 March, British Chancellor George Osborne announced, “We’re now inviting bids to help develop the next generation of small modular reactors”. Yesterday, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) officially launched the first phase of the competition by publishing a request for expressions of interest. DECC said the objective of the initial phase is “to gauge market interest among technology developers, utilities, potential investors and funders in developing, commercializing and financing SMRs in the UK.” It said this stage would be a “structured dialogue” between the government and participants.
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