THE UK Government is investing £18m (US$23m) in a partnership with industry led by Rolls Royce to develop small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs). The investment from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will be matched by the industry consortium, whose partners include Atkins, the National Nuclear Laboratory and Wood, who have been working on the preliminary design for four years. The plan is that each modular 440 MW reactor would cost £1.8bn once five have been built with further savings possible, the industrial partners said. Each station would be capable of operating for 60 years and generate enough power for a city the size of Leeds. The combined £36m will be used to prepare the design for regulatory assessment and help make decisions on which innovations to pursue.
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