The company which owns the nuclear fuel manufacturing site in the Fylde has said jobs, skills and technology would be protected if it was chosen in a Government competition to design new small reactors. Westinghouse has gone onto the front foot after rumours that the competition, launched 18 months ago but currently stalled, is set to get new impetus. The Government is offering around £250m in development investment in a bid to make the UK a global leader in innovative nuclear technologies which it can export to make money. Westinghouse is up against consortia led by Rolls-Royce, and US firm NuScale, but says its plans for a Small Modular Reactor would be better for the supply chain and the economy.
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