The British government has begun Stage 2 of its Advanced Modular Reactor (AMR) competition as analysts and companies warn challenges remain for next generation nuclear in the country. The competition forms part of the AMR Feasibility and Development (F&D) project by the government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) which aimed to invest a total of 44 million pounds ($56 million) to “kick start next-gen nuclear technology”. Phase 1 spent 4 million pounds to undertake feasibility studies for AMR designs while Phase 2 has shared 30 million pounds between three selected companies to continue with development work and the remaining 10 million for smaller research, design and manufacturing projects. Today’s investment will immediately create new jobs in Oxfordshire, Cheshire and Lancashire. But through this vital research, the technology could also create thousands more green collar jobs for decades to come,” Minister for Business and Industry Nadhim Zahawi said in a statement while Prime Minister Boris Johnson also reiterated the country’s commitment to nuclear during a recent PM’s Question Time. Some 10 million pounds was granted each to Tokamak Energy, Westinghouse and U-Battery.
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