Balfour and Holtec have signed a memorandum of understanding to support the planning advancement for the construction of Holtec’s SMR-160 pressurised light-water reactors in the UK.
Under the agreement, Balfour Beatty will act as the main UK construction partner and collaborate with Hyundai Engineering and Construction (HDEC) on the civil construction and installation of the mechanical, electrical and heating, ventilation and cooling systems, as well as the equipment required for the reactors.
Meanwhile, Rolls Royce continued its progress in the development of its own SMR programme, by shortlisting three sites as potential locations for its first factory to manufacture parts for its rollout of SMRs.
It has shortlisted Teesworks on Teesside; International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP) in Sunderland and South Tyneside; and Gateway in North Wales.
The UK is leading the development of SMR technology and is also pushing ahead with large scale nuclear development, with the government recently committing to invest in the Sizewell C project, and plans in the pipeline for a series of major nuclear power development projects, under the Great British Nuclear banner.