Rolls-Royce SMR visits potential locations to inform decision on first factory

Rolls-Royce SMR visits potential locations to inform decision on first factory

20th October 2022

In July, Rolls-Royce SMR announced its shortlisted locations for the first factory to manufacture components for its Small Modular Reactor (SMR) power station. Over the next six weeks, a team from Rolls-Royce SMR will visit the locations to gather more information that will assist with a further 'down-select' of the factory sites.

David White has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer of Rolls-Royce SMR and will oversee the work to construct the factories required to deploy a fleet of SMRs, each capable of generating 470MW of clean, low-carbon, affordable and sustainable electricity – enough to power a million homes.

David said: “I’d like to thank the Local Enterprise Partnerships, the Welsh Government and the owners of the shortlisted sites for their continued support and cooperation.

“The overwhelmingly positive response, resulting in more potential sites than we might have hoped for, means we have more information to assess but is vitally important in helping us select the right locations for our factory.”

David added: “We’re also pleased to announce that another two locations - Shotton, Deeside and Teesworks, Redcar – have been added to the shortlist after the sites met the selection criteria.”

Rolls-Royce SMR’s approach is a radically different way of deploying nuclear power stations – where 90% of the components are manufactured in a factory environment. A factory for the Rolls-Royce SMR programme will bring significant investment, long-term High-skilled jobs and sustainable economic growth for the area.


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Shortlisted sites:

North East – IAMP Sunderland and South Tyneside,  Forrest Park, Newton Aycliffe  and Teesworks, Redcar*

North Yorkshire – Catterick 53, Richmond

Wales – Gateway, Deeside and Shotton, Deeside*

Yorkshire - Ferrybridge

Greater Lincolnshire – Grimsby (ABP) & Pioneer Park, Stallingborough

Cumbria - Kingmoor Park, Carlisle

*These locations have now added to the shortlisted sites since the initial announcement

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.