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03/12/2021 | Press release | Archived content

UK SMR consortium signs Memorandum of Understanding with Fermi Energia

The UK Small Modular Reactor (SMR) consortium has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Fermi Energia to study the potential for the deployment of affordable, compact nuclear power stations in Estonia.

The study will cover all aspects of deployment including grid suitability, cooling, emergency planning, human resources, licensing feasibility, economics and supply chain.

Atkins - member of the SNC-Lavalin Group - is part of this consortium that is designing a low-cost factory built nuclear power station. Its standardised, factory-made components and advanced manufacturing processes push costs down, while the rapid assembly of the modules and components inside a weatherproof canopy on site avoid costly schedule disruptions.

Fermi Energia is a company founded by nuclear scientists, energy experts and entrepreneurs to bring small modular reactors to Estonia to meet its climate goals, help the economy develop and gain energy security.

The consortium led by Rolls-Royce is working with its partners and UK Government to secure a commitment for a fleet of factory built nuclear power stations, each providing at least 440MW of electricity, to be operational within a decade, helping the governments around the world net zero obligations.

The consortium members feature the best of nuclear engineering, construction and infrastructure expertise in Assystem, Atkins, BAM Nuttall, Jacobs, Laing O'Rourke, National Nuclear Laboratory, Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, Rolls-Royce and TWI. The current phase of the programme has been jointly funded by all consortium members and UK Research and Innovation.

The power stations will be built by the UK SMR consortium, before being handed over to be operated by power generation companies.

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