A consortium led by Rolls-Royce is seeking to secure £300 million in funding as it prepares to make an application to build small modular nuclear reactors. The design is believed to have benefited from experience gained from manufacturing and operating pressurised water reactors tested over the years at Vulcan, Dounreay. Asked to comment on the local site, an establishment spokesman for Rolls-Royce said: “Rolls-Royce has decades of experience designing, building, operating and decommissioning small nuclear reactors and is the only company in the UK with that end-to-end capability. “While there is clearly a capability benefit, the compact power station has a reactor that is of a different design, separate from that used in the defence propulsion part of the business; however, we continue to assess all the resources available to Rolls-Royce and will engage at the right time should this be necessary.” The latest design of the compact nuclear power station was revealed earlier in May with the first phase of the project completed on time and under budget.
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