The government is right to avoid rushing into a “quick and early decision” on small modular reactors (SMRs), a senior figure at the Energy Technologies Institute has said. Slow progress on a competition to find a best value SMR design for the UK shows that the “evidence is being properly examined”. “It is taking some time but the decision on whether you should intervene and how you should intervene is not an easy one,” said Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) nuclear strategy manager Mike Middleton at an event in London. He said ministers were right to take the time to “properly examine the evidence and what the opportunities are, as well as the potential risks, rather than take a quick and early decision.” Giving evidence to a House of Lords science and technology committee last week, energy and industry minister Jesse Norman said that the competition’s timetable had been “disturbed” but that the government was hopeful it could get it “back on track soon”. He would not be drawn on when the results of the competition will be revealed.
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