Rolls-Royce SMR seeks ‘best of British’ in supply chain portal launch.

Rolls-Royce SMR seeks ‘best of British’ in supply chain portal launch

11th September 2023

As part of its commitment to maximise UK involvement in its groundbreaking project, Rolls-Royce SMR has today launched a supply chain portal to identify the best UK companies to partner with in delivering a fleet of ‘factory-built’ Small Modular Reactor (SMR) power plants.

The portal will help companies become part of the Rolls-Royce SMR supply chain for this nationally important project that will significantly improve energy security and help reach net zero targets.

David White, Rolls-Royce SMR Chief Operating Officer, said: “Rolls-Royce SMR has set out its clear intention to maximise UK content and help build a supply chain that will support the Government’s plans to develop 24GW of new nuclear power by 2050.”

“Through the portal, we want to build new relationships with organisations that have products and services to offer, and we’ll help them understand the requirements for becoming a Rolls-Royce SMR supplier… We’re looking at a wide range of industries outside nuclear and potentially further increasing the number of UK suppliers.”

The information collected from the portal will underpin Rolls-Royce SMR’s supply chain and social value work to establish a strong and resilient supply chain that can sustain high quality long-term jobs and support growth.

Stephen Phipson, Chief Executive of Make UK, said: “This is a project of strategic national importance that will not only serve to speed up the drive towards net zero, but create a supply chain of high value, sustainable manufacturing jobs that can serve the global nuclear industry and increase our energy security. It is vital that Government moves without delay to approve this programme which is one piece in the jigsaw of an industrial strategy.”

As the UK’s sovereign nuclear technology, Rolls-Royce SMR is making good progress through the independent regulatory Generic Design Assessment (GDA) process to secure consent for their technology to operate in the UK. As part of the GDA, Rolls-Royce SMR welcomes comments and questions about the Rolls-Royce SMR design.