Wood Group, the Aberdeen energy services contractor, has been awarded a three-year contract to carry out research on fuels for advanced nuclear reactors as part of the UK’s plan to build domestic nuclear capabilities. The contract, for an undisclosed sum, was let by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to Wood and the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL), a state-owned organisation based in Sellafield in Cumbria. The work will be divided equally between the two. The scope of the contract will include new analysis methods for studying the physics of reactors, and research into the thermal and fuel performance of advanced water-cooled reactors, high-temperature gas reactors and liquid metal fast reactors. The strategic aim is to build up the UK’s nuclear expertise to build a fleet of third generation nuclear reactors over the next 20 years. It will also enable UK engineering to become more of a player in the race to develop fourth generation and small modular reactors.
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