The company which employs more than 1,000 nuclear industry workers on the Fylde has taken a significant step on the road to making a new style of power plant. Westinghouse has signed a deal to work with the United Kingdom’s Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in Sheffield. It mean they will collaborate on exploring the most effective way to manufacture Westinghouse Small Modular Reactor (SMR) reactor pressure vessels in the UK. The UK has fallen behind in cutting edge nuclear design over the past decade but Westinghouse believes that by designing the SMR here it can make use of its already established UK expertise and allow the country to get back to the cutting edge of commercial nuclear power. It said the Nuclear AMRC will provide a professional, independent assessment of the current Westinghouse Small Modular Reactor RPV design, and determine an optimal manufacturing solution.
Blackpool Gazette 4th March 2016 read more »