Rolls-Royce bosses have heard the case for Copeland to be the home of the first small modular reactors to be built in the UK. Copeland MP Trudy Harrison chaired a meeting of key officials including Rolls-Royce SMR Ltd chief executive Tom Samson and directors Alan Woods and Alastair Evans in Whitehaven this week at which the joint vision and justification for hosting SMRs in Copeland was outlined to officials from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The meeting heard that Copeland has the required local expertise and skills to manufacture and run the reactors, and a knowledgeable and supportive local council and community. Also in attendance were David Peattie and Martin Chown, chief executives of the NDA and Sellafield Ltd respectively, and Pat Graham and Councillor David Moore, chief executive and deputy mayor of Copeland Council.
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