The consortium which is developing the power station comprises Assystem, Atkins, BAM Nuttall, Jacobs, Laing O’Rourke, National Nuclear Laboratory, Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, Rolls-Royce and TWI.
The power station is a compact design, the components for which would be manufactured in sections in regional UK factories, before being transported to existing nuclear sites for rapid assembly inside a weatherproof canopy. This cuts costs by avoiding weather disruptions and secures efficiency savings by using streamlined and standardised manufacturing processes for its components.
By 2050 a full UK programme of up to 16 of these power stations could create:
Each power station will be able to operate for 60 years and provide 440MW of electricity, which is enough to power a city the size of Leeds.