US nuclear technology specialist NuScale Power has this week unveiled a new action plan, in an attempt to kickstart UK efforts to establish the country as a pioneer in the development of small modular reactors (SMRs). Last year the UK government launched a competition to accelerate the development of SMRs, amid predictions the technology could help cut greenhouse gas emissions and curb the cost of nuclear power. However, the promised £250m, five year R&D programme has been beset by delays and earlier this summer reports suggested a ‘crunch’ meeting was recently called between government officials and potential SMR developers over the competition. NuScale, which is backed by US engineering giant Fluor Corporation, this week sought to highlight the UK’s potential role as an SMR hub with the publication of an action plan detailing how it could deliver the technology by the 2020s. The five-point UK SMR Action Plan sets out how the firm would partner with UK industry to deliver a multi-billion pound SMR venture, which could see UK firms provide more than 85 per cent of the content required for UK reactors.
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