Rolls-Royce SMR signs Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Škoda JS
5th September 2022
Rolls-Royce SMR has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Czech nuclear engineering and manufacturing firm Škoda JS.
The MoU presents an opportunity to explore areas of collaboration for the Rolls-Royce SMR plant, for deployment both in the Czech Republic and broader central European regions.
For over 60 years, Škoda JS has specialised in the production of pressurised water reactors (PWR) and critical components including reactor pressure vessels (RPVs), RPV internals, control rod drive mechanisms (CRDMs) and safety control systems - supported by broader engineering design, calculation and analytical support services.
Under the MoU, both companies will work together to understand how the world-class capabilities Škoda JS possess, in areas of nuclear engineering and manufacturing, can support the efficient deployment of Rolls-Royce SMR power plants across Europe.
Alan Woods, Business Development and Strategy Director says “As a factory manufactured product - with 90% of the entire Rolls-Royce SMR power plant built in factory conditions - having the right partners in key locations around the World is an important aspect of our international delivery model.
“We see a tremendous opportunity to develop International strategic supply chain partners from whom we can benefit from their decades of ongoing manufacturing knowledge. We are pleased to be discussing these opportunities with such a capable supplier as Škoda JS”.
Milos Mostecky, Commercial Director of ŠKODA JS says “SMR is a logical route the nuclear industry is taking to make nuclear energy more accessible and affordable in the immediate future. Our shops in Pilsen were originally designed to produce the components for 440MW reactors. The potential for utilisation of our engineering, manufacturing and maintenance capabilities and know-how for SMR projects in Europe is, therefore, significant.”
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Notes to Editors:
Rolls-Royce SMR will draw upon standard nuclear energy technology that has been used in 400 reactors around the world.
The Rolls-Royce SMR power station will have the capacity to generate 470MW of low carbon energy, equivalent to more than 150 onshore wind turbines and enough to power a million homes. It will provide consistent baseload generation for at least 60 years, helping to support the roll out of renewable generation and overcome intermittency issues.
ŠKODA JS, a. s., is one of the leading European engineering and manufacturing companies with experience in the construction and servicing of nuclear power plants. During its existence, the company has supplied engineering, equipment and maintenance for nuclear power plants, research reactors, and spent nuclear fuel storage facilities in Central and Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, France, Germany, USA, Austria, Finland, Belgium, PRC, Armenia, and other countries. It cooperates with the world’s leading companies in the field.